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  B-24J-20-CO Liberator Serial Number 42-73196  
USAAF
10th AF
7th BG
436th BS

Pilot  2nd Lt. John E. McLauchlen, Jr., O-797160 (MIA / KIA) Detroit, MI
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. Elden W. Watts, O-680554 (MIA / KIA) Yukon, OK
Navigator  2nd Lt. Pershing E. Bowes, O-674124 (MIA / KIA) Flushing, NY
Bombardier   2nd Lt. Gilbert A. Rauh, O-738787 (MIA / KIA) Thornwood, NY
Engineer  TSgt Roman J. Ropinski, 16034281 (MIA / KIA) Jefferson, WI
Radio  TSgt Harold L. Seifried, 13080602 (MIA / KIA) Philadelphia, PA
Gunner   Sgt Charles W. Morley, 19017399 (MIA / KIA) East Hartford, CT
Gunner  SSgt Frank J. Tedone, 11094405 (MIA / KIA) Corpus Christi, TX
Gunner  SSgt Claude E. Nixon, 38114201 (MIA / KIA) Alliance, OH
Gunner  SSgt Edward K. Pyle, 35300957 (MIA / KIA) Aberdeen, WA

Crashed  December 1, 1943
MACR  1223

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

Wartime History
Assigned to the 7th Bomber Group, 436th Bomber Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. Engine and weapon serial numbers noted in Missing Air Crew Report 1223 (MACR 1223).

Mission History
On December 1, 1943 took off from Panagarh Airfield in India on a bombing mission against against Insein north of Rangoon in Burma. After the bombing run, this B-24 was hit in the left wing by anti-aircraft fire and began smoking badly and dove sharply to the left but was chased by an enemy fighter. Last seen descending into a cloud bank. Also lost was B-24J "Tough Baba" 42-73159.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead on February 4, 1946. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

References
Missing Air Crew Report 1223 (MACR 1223)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John E. McLauchlen Jr
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FindAGrave - 2Lt John Elbridge McLauchlen, Jr (photo, tablets of the missing photo)

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

Tech Information
B-24

MIAMIA
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