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|Commander Captain Donald F. Marvin, O-69019 (POW / KIA) Geauga Lake, OH
Pilot 1st Lt. Joseph Dubinski, O-693016 (KIA) Washington, PA
Co-Pilot 1st Lt. Rudolph C. Flanagan, O-821250 (POW, died) San Antonio, TX
Navigator 1st Lt. Lawrence A. Falls, O-708804 (KIA) Washington, DC
Bombardier 1st Lt. Robert C. Johnson, O-698565 (POW, survived) Mission, KS
Engineer T/Sgt Walter Piskor, 11066604 (KIA) Willimantic, CT
Radio T/Sgt David A. Bushfield, 32142771 (POW, died) Rochester, NY
Top Gunner S/Sgt Charles R. Allison, 36478544 (MIA / KIA, BR) Chester, IL
Lower Gunner S/Sgt Charles O. Baumgartner, 35526892 (POW, died) Sebring, OH
Nose Gunner S/Sgt Camillous F. Kirkpatrick, 34625126 (MIA / KIA) Clarksdale, MS
Tail Gunner S/Sgt Julius Molnar, 36453945 (POW, died August 6, 1945) Kalamazoo, MI
Crashed July 28, 1945 at 12:51
A few moments after releasing their bombs at 12:48, this B-24 was hit by anti-aircraft fire 3 or 4 times, made a slight turn to the left and and went into a steep dive, and was seen burning on the ground at roughly Lat 34° 16' N Long 132° 33' E. This bomber crashed at Yawata village Saeki County, Hiroshima Prefecture at 12:51 Today, the crash site is located in Yawata Nishi-ku, Hiroshima-city. Also lost was B-24J "Lonesome Lady" 44-40680.
Fates of the Crew
Piskor fell to his death on an Otagawa mouth-of-a-river Mitsubishi shipyard machine factory roof. Seven of the crew did not exit the bomber and died in the crash.
Four of the crew were taken prisoner: Marvin, Flanagan, Baumgartner and Molnar.
Marvin and Flanagan died on July 28, 1945. Baumgartner and a Molnar were transported to Chugoku Military Police Headquarters Kempi Tai (Military Police) at Hiroshima. They died on August 6, 1945 during the atomic bomb as this location was near the epicenter of the bomb.
Johnson survived the war and was liberated from Tokyo POW Camp (Shinjuku) at the end of the war.
The remains of Baumgartner and Molnar were recovered postwar and were shipped to the United States. On November 3, 1949 both were buried in a group burial at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery at Plot 82 Grave 156.
In 1999, a Memorial For U.S. POWs killed by the atomic bomb, including Marvin and Flanagan was placed at the site of the former headquarters. The memorial was conceived and built by a Japanese resident of Hiroshima.
After the recovery of remains, Allison was buried at Two Mile Grove Cemetery in Latham, IL.
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