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  B-24J-20-CO Liberator Serial Number 42-73185  
USAAF
5th AF
90th BG
319th BS


90th BG c1944


90th BG c1944

Pilot  2nd Lt. Norman I. Dicker, O-691245 (MIA / KIA) Apokane, WA
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt George A. Roffe, O-696805 (MIA / KIA) Groveland, NY
Navigator  2nd Lt John C. Scott, O-698360 (MIA / KIA) Willis, TX
Bombardier  2nd Lt Glenn T. Marker, O-566144 (MIA / KIA) Farmington, PA
Engineer  T/Sgt Emmett T. Carpenter Jr., 34588722 (MIA / KIA) Millry, AL
Radio  T/Sgt Charles W. Connelly, 39554960 (MIA / KIA) Los Angeles, CA
Left Waist Gunner  S/Sgt Fred A. Hamilton, 39279086 (MIA / KIA) San Bernardino, CA
Nose Gunner  S/Sgt Walter M. Wiggins, 38367407 (MIA / KIA) Georgetown, TX
Waist / Turret Gunner  S/Sgt Donald M. Budge, 17119312 (survived bail out) Story County, IA
Tail Gunner  SSgt Pete R. Molina, 38367084 (MIA / KIA) Austin, TX

Passenger  1st Lt Raymond L. Schlager, O-666714 (survived bail out) Chicago, IL
Crashed  June 19, 1944 at 2:30am
MACR  6116

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Constructors Number 2813. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24J-20-CO Liberator serial number 42-73185. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 90th Bombardment Group, 319th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. When lost, engines R-1830-65 serial numbers 42-63695, 42-59048, 42-54022 and 42-38535. Weapon serial numbers noted in Missing Air Crew Report 6116 (MACR 6116).

Mission History
On June 18, 1944 took off from Mokerang Airfield on Los Negros Island at 2:00pm piloted by 2nd Lt. Norman I. Dicker on a weather reconnaissance flight making radio reports every half hour flying within 100 miles southeast of Peleliu Island, then return to Mokerang Airfield. The weather was overcast and stormy forcing it to fly towards the New Guinea instead of returning to base.

On June 19, 1944 between 2:05am and 2:40am, this B-25 circled over the Vitiaz Strait to the west of Long Island and off the northern coast of New Guinea due north of Saidor.

At approximately 2:30am low on fuel, the crew decided to bail out over the sea. At least two of the crew successfully bailed out, the first was S/Sgt Donald M. Budge followed by 1st Lt Raymond L. Schlager. If any other of the crew bailed out is unknown. The fates of the other nine crew members are unknown.

At 2:53am, this B-24's last position plotted by radar monitored by the 31st Fighter Sector as roughly over the north coast of New Guinea due south of Long Island. When this B-24 failed to return, the entire crew was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Rescue
Schlager and Budge landed in the sea unhurt. That same day, both were rescued by an Australian sailboat at 12:10 and 12:20 roughly seven miles west of Long Island and later returned to duty.

1st Lt Raymond L. Schlager and S/Sgt Donald M. Budge stated in Missing Air Crew Report 6116 page 4:
"We took off from Mokerang strip, Admiralty Islands, at 1400/K the 18 June, 1944...
As far as known we were headed inland at the time of bailing."

Search
On June 20, 1944 an aerial search was made by two B-24s flying down the north coast of New Guinea from Hansa Bay to Finschafen. On June 23, 1944 another search was made following the track of the missing bomber as tracked by fighter sector radar. Each day between June 20-23, 1944 a single B-24 has searched the area where the two survivors were rescued and the course of the missing bomber. None of the searches located any trace of the bomber or the other members of the crew.

Wreckage
In fact, this B-24 flew inland and crashed into the mountains. It is unclear if the crew bailed out prior to the crash. This B-24 crash was was first located by local people and reported to the U. S. Government. During 2003, U. S. Army CILHI designated this crash site PP-00612. During early 2011, the site was again visited by a JPAC investigation team.

Memorials
The missing crew members were officially declared dead on February 26, 1946. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

Roffe also has a memorial marker at Leicester Cemetery in Leicester, NY.
Marker also has a memorial marker at Sansom Cemetery in Farmington, PA.
Carpenter also has a memorial marker at Chatom Cemetery in Chatom, AL.
Wiggins also has a memorial marker at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Georgetown, TX.

Relatives
Amanda London (cousin of Emmett T. Carpenter Jr.)
Emily Carley (cousin of Emmett T. Carpenter Jr.)

Emily Carley adds:
"I am trying to obtain some information on a cousin of mine who went missing in New Guinea during WWII. His name was Emmett Terry Carpenter and he was from Millry, AL. He served in the Army Air Corps, and his service number was 34588722. Anything you can do to help me and my family find information on his whereabouts or recovery would be great. I would love to help our family get some closure around his death and whereabouts and bring him home."

References
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - George A. Roffe
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Emmett T. Carpenter Jr.
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Charles W. Connelly
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Raymond L. Schlager
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Donald M. Budge
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24J-20-CO Liberator 42-73185
Missing Air Crew Report 6116 (MACR 6116)
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-24J Liberator 42-73185
Legacy of the 90th Bombardment Group page 123
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Norman I. Dicker
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - George A. Roffe
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John C. Scott
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Glenn T. Marker
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Emmett T. Carpenter Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Charles W. Connelly
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Fred A. Hamilton
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Walter M. Wiggins
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Pete R. Molina
FindAGrave - 2Lt Norman I Dicker (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - George A Roffe (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - 2Lt John C Scott (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 2Lt Glenn T Marker (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Glenn T Marker (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - TSgt Emmett T Carpenter, Jr (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Emmett T Carpenter, Jr (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - TSgt Charles W Connelly (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Fred A Hamilton (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Walter M Wiggins (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Walter M. Wiggins (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - Pete R. Molina (tablets of the missing photo)
Thanks to Amanda London and Emily Carley for additional information.

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January 25, 2018

 

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