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Lt. Ulna H. Sylor, O-803306 (MIA / KIA) Dansville, NY
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Sam Camp Jr., O-696746 (MIA / KIA) Decatur, IL
Navigator 1st Lt. Joseph S. Principe, O-689581 (MIA / KIA) Long Island City, NY
Bombardier 1st Lt Walter C. Rowan, O-673904 (MIA / KIA) Hansel Park, MI
Engineer T/Sgt Michael G. Vetrecin, Jr., 15320307 (MIA / KIA) Youngstown, OH
Asst. Engineer S/Sgt Ruben O. Miller, 15323660 (MIA / KIA) Canton, OH
Radio T/Sgt Francis R. Keefe, 11116730 (MIA / KIA) Auburndale, MA
Asst Radio S/Sgt William W. Waters, Jr., 18168122 (MIA / KIA) Pine Bluff, AR
Gunner S/Sgt James M. Hitchcock, 39256020 (MIA / KIA) Pomona, CA
Gunner S/Sgt Clarence W. Dickerson, 35442185 (MIA / KIA) Oak Hill, WV
Observer F/O Charles J. Harder, T-124507 (MIA / KIA) Milwaukee, WI
Crashed July 15, 1944 at 12:20pm
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24J-170-CO Liberator serial number 44-40555 with natural aluminum finish. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field to then across the Pacific to the South Pacific (SOPAC).
Ten minutes before reaching the target, the formation was intercepted with a attacking Zero from 2 o'clock high. After the attack, B-24J 42-73119 was seen to fall off to the left and come down directly on top of this B-24. Both bombers burst into flames hanging together for several seconds before breaking up.
Both B-24s impacted the sea close together at roughly Lat 9° 8' N Long 138° 17' E roughly 5-8 miles south of Yap Island. The impact and crash were observed by several crew members aboard several other bombers in the formation. When both bomber failed to return, their crews were officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).
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