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  B-24J-170-CO "Temptation" Serial Number 44-40617  
USAAF
7th AF
11th BG
98th BS

Pilot  1st Lt. John K. Lowe, O-764368 (MIA / KIA) WA
Co-Pilot   2nd Lt. Francis Richard Dibblee, O-929144 (MIA / KIA) CA
Navigator  2nd Lt. Harold Lionel Vigue, O-20656 (survived)
Bombardier  2nd Lt. Alexander Walter Hunt, O-783072 (MIA / KIA) CA
Engineer  Cpl Horace W. Pliler, Jr., 37527385 (MIA / KIA) KS
Radio  Cpl Zane G. Phillips, 34809000 (MIA / KIA) AL
Gunner  Robert F. Finnerty, 31167546 (MIA / KIA) CT
Gunner  Roy Rosario Scimeca, 16187532 (MIA / KIA)
Gunner  Cpl Raymond Edward De Roo, 36876616 (WIA, survived)
Gunner  Cpl Darwin O. Nichols, 16188450 (MIA / KIA) IL
Photographer  Sgt Joseph A. Slevin, 16031304 7th AF Camera Unit (MIA / KIA) IL

Ditched  May 8, 1945
MACR  14398

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas to Hawaii then across the Pacific.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 7th Air Force, 11th Bombardment Group, 98th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Temptation". When lost engines R-1830-65 serial numbers BP-455044, BP-426826, BP-456488 and BP-437225. Weapon serial numbers noted in MACR 14398.

Mission History
On May 8, 1945 took off from Harmon Field (Depot Field) on Guam for a bombing mission against Marcus Island. Over the target, damaged by anti-aircraft fire prior to releasing its bombs. Ditched 70 miles northeast of Saipan.

Search
Air Sea Rescue was contacted and a PBY Catalina searched for this bomber unsuccessfully. Six B-24s searched for this bomber on May 9th flying a box formation search. On May 10 another search was made by a single B-24.

Two of the crew were rescued, Vigue returned to duty on July 14, 1945. and De Roo returned to duty on May 27, 1945.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized on the courts of the missing at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl). Lowe on court 7.

Relatives
Antonia De La Guerra (nephew of Dibblee)

References
Missing Air Crew Report 14398 (MACR 14398)
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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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16 18' N
146 E

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