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  B-24D-165-CO Liberator Serial Number 42-72899  
USAAF
5th AF
90th BG
321st BS

Pilot  1st Lt. Owen L. Buford, O-801242 (MIA / KIA, BR) GA
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt Paul G. Meyer, O-684759 (MIA / KIA) CA
Navigator  2nd Lt Gerald R. Hill, O-683822 (MIA / KIA, BR) IL
Bombardier  2nd Lt Jack W. Rosher, O-679230 (MIA / KIA, BR) CA
Engineer  TSgt Ned Potter, 14051455 (MIA / KIA, BR) Magnolia, NC
Radio  TSgt Robert W. Witt, 37231163 (MIA / KIA, BR) NB
Engineer  SSgt Julian S. Miller, Jr., 34434716 (MIA / KIA, BR) NC
Gunner  SSgt James J. Parks, 36408515 (MIA / KIA, BR) MI
Gunner  SSgt Kenneth W. Rode, 11106337 (MIA / KIA, BR) MA
Gunner  SSgt Willard L. Turner, 35450936
(MIA / KIA, BR) KY
MIA  February 29, 1944
MACR  6304

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 90th Bombardment Group, 312th Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
Took off from Nadzab Airfield on a night bombing mission against Hollanida, but crashed four minutes after take off, roughly five miles to the east of Nadzab Airfield No. 1 for unknown reasons.

Wreckage
In 1944, the remains of Meyer, Witt, Miller and Rode were recovered near Yalu, Morobe District.

In 1982, the wreckage was rediscovered and reported. During August 1983, this crash site was visited by a team from US Army Central Identification Laboratory (CILHI) that excavated the site, recovered additional remains and took photos.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead on the day of the mission. Buford was officially declared dead April 29, 1944. After the 1944 recovery of remains, two of the crew were buried at Manila American Cemetery. Witt at Plot F Row 9 Grave 25. Rode at Plot F Row 9 Grave 88.

Meyer remains Missing In Action (MIA) and is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. After the 1983 recovery of remains, the remains recovered were interned on April 20, 1996 at Arlington National Cemetery in a group burial at section 34, site 2466.

Parks has a memorial marker at Evergreen Cemetery, Lansing, MI.

Relatives
Terry Buford (son of Owen L. Buford)

References
Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 6304 refers to this bomber as 42-72889, which is incorrect
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) Meyer has no date of death is listed. Buford is listed as killed April 29, 1944. The rest of the crew are listed as "remains recovered".
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-24D Liberator 42-72899
Bruce Hoy Diary 13 September 1983
FindAGrave - Owen Buford (grave photo, article)
FindAGrave - Paul G. Meyer (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Gerald R. Hill (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Jack W. Rosher (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Ned Potter (photo, grave photo)
FindAGrave - Robert W. Witt (photo, grave photo)
FindAGrave - Julian S. Miller, Jr. (photo, grave photo)
FindAGrave - James J. Parks (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Kenneth W. Rode (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Willard L. Turner (grave photo)

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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