Albert A. Turner (survived)
Co-Pilot Lt. Warren Lanz (survived)
Bombardier Lt. Ludlow Miller (survived)
Navigator Travis Gibertson (survived)
Engineer John Bartell (survived)
Radio Fred A. Taylor, Jr. (survived)
Asst. Radio Paul L. Meyers (survived)
Nose Gunner Lee W. McGown (survived)
Ditched October 28, 1943
Built by Consolidated at San Diego a cost of $297,627. On July 17, 1943 delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24D-145-CO Liberator serial number 42-41217. Ferried via Hickam Field overseas to Australia arriving on September 28, 1943.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 43rd Bombardment Group, 65th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.
On October 28, 1943 took off from 5 Mile Drome (Wards) near Port Moresby piloted by Lt. Albert A. Turner on reconnaissance mission over the Solomon
Sea, coast of New Britain before bombing Gasmata. Returning, this B-24 ran
into bad weather over the Owen Stanley Mountains and instead diverted towards Milne Bay. The same bad weather made a landing
impossible, so this bomber turned westward for Port Moresby, but ran out
of fuel and ditched into Mullins
Harbor on the south coast of New Guinea.
All the crew survived and deployed the life rafts and were
assisted ashore by native people. The next day, a U. S. Navy PBY Catalina arrived and rescued the entire crew.
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-24D Liberator 42-41217
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September 3, 2018