|Aircraft Commander Lt. Col Everett C. Plummer, O-300865 10th AF, HQ (MIA / KIA) NJ
Pilot 1st Lt. Granvill B. Stringfellow, O-725549 (MIA / KIA, BR) Des Moines, IA
Navigator 1st Lt. Hugh P. MacPherson, O-660875 (MIA / KIA, BR) Camaron, NC
Bombardier 1st Lt. Lancer W. Robertson, O-727076 (MIA / KIA, BR) Malta, MT
Engineer TSgt Charles C. Bowen, 1407020288 (MIA / KIA, BR) Osceola, AR
Radio SSgt Alfonse S. Cieslak, 36301984 (MIA / KIA, BR) Chicago, IL
Asst Engineer SSgt Henry W. Ley, 11045540 (MIA / KIA, BR) New Haven, CT
Gunner Cpl George W. Tidd, 14073599 (MIA / KIA, BR) Hendersonville, NC
Asst Radio SSgt Henry C.
Vanis, 37190972 (MIA / KIA. BR) David City, NB
Gunner SSgt Bertram J. Archer, 12140538 (MIA / KIA. BR) Peekskill, NY
Observer Captain John W. Lasell, O-219261 (MIA / KIA, BR) Whitinsville, MA
Crashed December 1, 1943 at 12:30pm
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas to India.
Assigned to the 7th Bombardment Group, 493rd Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Tough Baba" with large while "159" on the left side of the nose. When lost, engines R-1830-65 serial numbers 42-88468, 42-89208, 42-89198, 42-91856. Weapon serial numbers are noted in Missing Air Crew Report 1233 (MACR 1233).
On December 1, 1943 took off from Pandaveswar Airfield in India leading a formation of B-24s on a bombing mission against Insein north of Rangoon in Burma. After dropping their bombs, this B-24 was hit by anti-aircraft fire causing white smoke to emanate from the no. 3 engine and began loosing altitude. Attacked by 8-10 enemy fighters. Two were observed to bail out, one pulling his parachute instantly, then other delayed opening his shoot, likely to avoid being strafed while descending. The bomber went into a tailspin, dropped about 3000-6000' burst into flames and exploded before crashing. Also lost was B-24J 42-73196.
Fates of the Crew
Plummer was officially declared dead on December 9, 1943. It is unclear if the was captured by the Japanese, died of wounds or was executed.
Recovery of Remains
Postwar, the remains of the crew were recovered and transported to the United States for permanent burial.
Plummer remains listed as Missing In Action (MIA). He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
The crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. After the recovery of remains, the crew was buried in a group burial at Jeffeson Barrack National Cemetery at section 79 site 449C-E.
MacPherson also has a memorial marker at Cameron Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Cameron, NC.
Lasell also has a memorial marker at Pine Grove Cemetery in Northbridge, MA.
Missing Air Crew Report 1233 (MACR 1233)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Everett C. Plummer
FindAGrave - Granvill B Stringfellow (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - LtCol Everett C Plummer (photo, tablets of the missing)
Hugh Pierce MacPherson (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Lieut Hugh Pierce MacPherson (memorial marker photo)
Lancer William Robertson (group burial photo)
Charles Clay Bowen (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - SSGT Alfonse S Cieslak (group burial photo)
Henry W Ley (group burial photo)
Corp George Welling Tidd (group burial photo)
SSGT Henry George Vanis (group burial photo)
Bertram J Archer (group burial photo)
John Whitin Lasell (photos, group burial photo)
FindAGrave - John Whitin Lasell (photos, memorial marker photo)
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January 5, 2018