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|Pilot 2nd Lt. Leonard J. Hogland, O-753216 (MIA / KIA) Kansas City, MS
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt Harold H. Morton, O-695267 (MIA / KIA) Canon City, CO
Navigator 2nd Lt Alexander Wasilenko, O-698803 (MIA / KIA) New York, NY
Bombardier 2nd Lt Melvin R. Saxon, O-694802 (MIA / KIA) Iron River, MI
Radio TSgt Jan D. Arnold, Jr., 18188108 (MIA / KIA) Corpus Christi, TX
Engineer TSgt Harry E. Jones, 14161199 (MIA / KIA) Memphis, TN
Tail Gunner SSgt Jack W. Spriestersbach, 39200520 (MIA / KIA) Everett, WA
Nose Gunner SSgt Leslie E. Hoppel, 16162218 (MIA / KIA) Chester, IL
Right Waist Gunner SSgt Charles A. Derby, 36639151 (MIA / KIA) Chicago, IL
Left Waist Gunner Sgt Mettle J. Szelag, 11096401 (MIA / KIA) West Warwick, RI
Crashed June 11, 1944 at 1445
About 50 miles from the target, the formation was intercepted by an estimated forty enemy fighters that dropped aerial bombs and making attacks before and during the bomb run, along with accurate anti-aircraft fire.
This B-24 was apparently hit by a fragment of phosperous from a aerial bomb (Navy Mark 3 bomb) that lodged into the right wing, burning out the right aileron, but managed to drop its bombs on the target.
This B-24 appeared to be damaged, but held formation, with a fire that had burned out the right aileron, and forced the no. 4 engine to be feathered, then restarted it and dropped out of formation for 2-3 minutes and was attacked, and the gunners failed to returning fire, possibly because they were wounded or dead during 35 minutes of aerial attacks by fighters.
Although the B-24 but managed to rejoin the formation and appeared the fire were extinguished, it resumed burning and began loosing altitude and ditched into the sea, roughly 80 miles south of Palau.
Two crew were seen in their life raft, and were seen waving. A 400th BS B-24 dropped supplies to them and circled for two hours sending IFF and the men were last seen paddling towards the items dropped. PBY Catalina "Gardinia 1" was notified, but failed to respond.
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