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|Pilot 1st Lt. William J. Maxwell, O-802596 (KIA) WV
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Nicholas Covell (KIA)
Crew 2nd Lt. Kent L. Christensen (KIA)
Crew 1st Lt. Kenneth R. Buck (KIA)
Crew TSgt Ernest C. Smith (KIA)
Crew SSgt Edward A. Kiaune (KIA)
Crew TSgt Daniel W. Rahl, 32138894 (KIA) NY
Crew Melone (survived)
Crew SSgt Vincent F. Sardisco (survived)
Crew SSgt Louis D. Nuzzi (survived)
Crew SSgt Eugene T. Shannon (survived)
Crashed June 11, 1944
Took off from Wakde Airfield on a bombing mission against Peleliu Airfield on Peleliu. A total of twenty-two B-24s participated including four 319th Bombardment Squadron B-24s and seven 400th Bombardment Squadron B-24s.
About 50 miles from the target, the formation was intercepted by an estimated forty enemy fighters that dropped aerial bombs and making attacks before and during the bomb run, along with accurate anti-aircraft fire.
Returning from the mission, this B-24 followed another B-24 piloted by Ryan with seriously wounded aboard and landed at Wakde Airfield. Taking aboard the wounded, took off again bound for Hollandia Airfield at night.
Approaching the runway, this B-24 crashed into the jungle prior to landing, crashed and caught fire. Four of the crew from the waist were thrown clear during the crash unconscious and survived. The rest of the crew perished in the crash. The bodies of the dead crew members were recovered and buried until the end of the war.
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