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  B-24J-170-CO Liberator Serial Number 44-40603  
13th AF
307th BG
372nd BS

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Pat Scannon 1993

Pilot  Captain William G. Dixon, O-406718 (KIA)
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt Arthur D. Wilson, O-687504 (KIA)
Navigator  1/Lt Paul K. Duncan, O-685560 (KIA)
Bombardier  Capt Max C. Tenton, O-662313 (KIA)
Observer  1/Lt John E. Sarles, O-432683 (KIA)
Engineer  T/Sgt George M. Feeney, 34425385 (KIA)
Asst Engineer  S/Sgt Herbert L. Farnam, 16161806 (KIA)
Radio  T/Sgt Donald W. Elliott, 17042750 (KIA)
Asst Radio  S/Sgt Robert J. Mansell, 15076710 (KIA)
Gunner  S/Sgt Roger W. Holt, 11507788 (KIA)
Gunner  S/Sgt Clifford Biggerstaff, 34386040 (KIA)

Crashed  August 28, 1944
MACR  15302

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

Wartime History
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 307th Bombardment Group, 372nd Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
Took off on a bombing mission over Palau. Over the target, shot down with the loss of the entire crew.

The left wing of this bomber remains 'in situ' upside down in shallow water off Koror.

Pat Scannon adds:
"I found this wing in 1993 which ignited my interest in MIAs in Palau."

Postwar, remains were recovered from the crash site and were later transported to Manila American Cemetery and stored in the mausoleum.

The remains of Dixon, Wilson, Duncan, Tenton, Sarles, Feeney, Elliott, Mansell and Holt were buried at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery on January 23, 1951 in a group burial at section I site 226 and site 227.

Two members of the crew, Farnam and Biggerstaff, are not listed as MIA but are not buried with the rest of the crew, and is likely in a private cemetery.

Last Flight Home tells the story of this bomber
Thanks to Pat Scannon for additional information

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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