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|Pilot 1st Lt William E. Francis, Jr., O-793754 (MIA / KIA) Jackson, TN
Co-Pilot 1st Lt Joseph J Slater, O-748819 (MIA / KIA) Cohoes, NY
Bombardier 1st Lt Robert W. Bjornholm, O-676339 (MIA / KIA) Quincy, MA
Navigator 1st Lt. John W. Geiger, Jr., O-673142 (MIA / KIA) Flushing, NY
Engineer TSgt Robert L. Taberski, 35259464 (MIA / KIA) South Ben, IN
Asst Engineer SSgt William H. Landacre, 16015110 (MIA / KIA) Chicago, IL
Radio TSgt Richard Krueger, 33447184 (MIA / KIA) Washington, DC
Asst Radio SSgt Adrian T. McKinney, 35508069 (MIA / KIA) Cogswell, KY
Gunner SSgt Robert E Brink, 13093672 (MIA / KIA) Eagles Mere, PA
Gunner SSgt Richard L. Haskins, 14080691 (MIA / KIA) Lake Hamilton, FL
MIA March 29, 1944 at 14:00
Over the target, formation was intercepted by aggressive enemy fighters for an hour. Eyewitness accounts reported seeing this bomber's no. 3 engine on fire then flames in the waist compartment.
At least four of the crew were observed to bail out, and a fifth crew member exited the plane either without a parachute or his failed to open. The bomber was observed to make a controlled water landing at roughly 5° 34' N - 152° 11' E, none of the crew were observed exiting the bomber. The parachutist and bomber were strafed by the attacking enemy fighters. The B-24 remained afloat for about 30 seconds then sank into the open sea.
Francis is also memorialized on a plaque at the St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Jackson, TN.
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