|Pilot 2nd Lt. John K. Carroll, O-2059155 (survived)
Co-Pilot F/O James D. Carter, T-64229 (survived)
Navigator F/O Joseph A. Mannino, T-135141 (WIA, survived)
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Billy R. Rezarch, O-2061260 (WIA, survived)
Engineer Sgt Ivan B Ferree, 15196626 (survived)
Radio Sgt Donald E Carpenter, 36864664 (survived)
Gunner Sgt Edmund W Blongiewicz, 11067049 (survived)
Gunner SSgt Robert Donkelaar, 35625036 (survived)
Gunner Sgt Irwin R. Krasnoff, 12232023 (survived)
Gunner Sgt Lewis C. Scelotterbeck, 31355505 (survived)
Photographer SSgt Henry A. Sappelsa, 32403216 (WIA, survived)
Crashed April 2, 1945
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24J-155-CO Liberator serial number 44-40296. Ferried overseas to China Burma India (CBI).
Assigned to the 14th Air Force, 308th Bombardment Group, 375th Bombardment Squadron. This B-24 had a natural aluminum finish. Nicknamed "Tough Titti" in red outlined in white with the nose art of a woman with blue underwear leaning on a blue pillow. Later, a shark mouth was added to the nose. When lost, engines serial number 42-64086, BP-437283, 42-92851 and BP-425413. Weapon serial numbers not noted in Missing Air Crew Report 13689 (MACR 13689).
On April 2, 1945 took off from Cheng Tu Airfield at 5:28am on a bombing mission against the Taiyuan Railroad Repair Yards. Returning, the crew reported they were bailing out at roughly 33° 15' N 110° 00 E at 12:15.
Fates of the Crew
On April 12, 1945 the entire crew returned to duty. Two were hospitalized due to injuries: Rezarch and Sappelsa.
Chuch Mannino (son of Joseph Mannino) adds:
"My father, Joseph Mannino was a navigator on the plane when it went down. He actually recently (3 years ago, at age 90) received the Purple Heart for injuries he sustained in the bailout."
Missing Air Crew Report 13689 (MACR 13689)
Thanks to Chuch Mannino for additional information
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January 5, 2018