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  B-24M-20-CO Liberator Serial Number 44-42184  
USAAF
7th AF
30th BG
27th BS

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USAAF c1945

Pilot  1st Lt. William Dean Yockey, O-558770 (WIA, rescued)
Co-Pilot  F/O Robert Emerson Saunders, T-7816 (WIA, rescued)
Navigator  2nd Lt. James Mayfield Secrest, O-2074820 (WIA, rescued)
Engineer  Sgt. Frances Lloyd Reed, 16019071 (WIA, rescued)
Radio  S/Sgt Raymond Lee Goins, 35360604 (MIA / KIA) Indianapolis, IN
Passenger  S/Sgt Delbert F. Bangs, 37196511 (KIA / BR) Blue Earth, MN
Passenger  S/Sgt John William Miller, 33152262 (MIA / KIA) Connelsville, PA
Passenger  Pfc Pete Martin Collins, 38446812 (MIA / KIA) August, AR

Crashed  July 9,1945
MACR  14903

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Assigned to the 30th Bombardment Group, 27th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On July 9,1945 took off from Wheeler Field on Oahu on a training mission to Kauai and return. Past Kauai, power failed on engine no. 2 and no 4. Lost 20 miles southeast of Kauai crashing into Kauai Channel.

Search
On July 11, 1945 a search was conducted at sea by Chaplin Harry O. Carr where the plane was last observed. Also searching was the C. O. and a boat crew. Four personnel were rescued alive. Bangs died of Heart Failure (shock).

Memorials
On July 13, 1945 Bangs was buried at Scholfield Barracks Cemetery, number 6 row c grave 49. Goins, Miller and Collins are memorialized at the courts of the missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl). Goins and Collins on court 7.

Relatives
Raymond Goins III (grandson of Raymond Lee Goins)

References
Missing Air Crew Report 14903 (MACR 14903) was created retroactively and incorrectly lists this aircraft as B-24M serial number 42-42184
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Raymond L. Goins
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John W. Miller
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Pete M. Collins
FindAGrave - Sgt Raymond L Goins (photo, courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Raymond Lee Goins (photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt John W Miller (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - PFC Pete M Collins (courts of the missing photo)

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

Tech Information
B-24

MIA
MIA
3 Missing

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