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  B-24J-175-CO Liberator Serial Number 44-40726  
USAAF
5th AF
22nd BG
408th BS

Pilot  1st Lt. Dwain E. Harry, O-672090 (MIA / KIA, BNR) Montgomery County, OH
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. Richard F. Woods (WIA, survived)
Bombardier  2nd Lt. James E. Peer (WIA, died, BR) Warren County, NY
Navigator  2nd Lt. Cedric N. Daniels (MIA / KIA, BNR) San Joaquin, CA
Engineer  TSgt Glaser (WIA, survived)
Asst Engineer  SSgt James H. Massengill, 34464059 (MIA / KIA, BNR) Johnston County, NC
Radio  TSgt Arthur "Red" Wilson
Gunner  SSgt Alexander J. Hanna, 32462702 (MIA / KIA) NJ
Gunner  Cpl Raymond E. Magnan, 16083003 (MIA / KIA) Wayne County, MI
Tail Gunner  Sgt Bernard "Butch" Arnold, 34154299 (survived)

Photographer  TSgt Gershon "Gerry" Udelewitz, 13049680 (WIA, survived) MD
Crashed  October 25, 1944
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated in San Diego. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24J-175-CO Liberator Serial Number 44-40726. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA).

Wartime History
During July 1944, assigned to the 5th Air Force, 22nd Bombardment Group, 408th Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. This bomber flew at least 28 combat missions.

Mission History
On October 25, 1944 took off from Owi Airfield on Owi Island during the predawn hours piloted by 1st Lt. Dwain E. Harry on a bombing mission against the Japanese fleet in the Mindanao Sea (Bohol Sea) north of Mindanao. The crew was eleven with an photographer Udelewitz to conduct reconnaissance. After take off, this bomber crashed into the sea roughly a 100 yards off the end of the runway and broke up on impact with the sea. The crash was attributed to a mechanical failure.

Fates of the Crew
Five of the crew: Harry, Daniels, Massengill, Hanna and Magnan were killed in the crash. Peer survived the crash but died once rescued soon afterwards. The other five members of the crew suffered injuries. Wood suffered a broken nose and was the least injured. Glaser was injured and lost his left eye. Udelewitz was severely injured but attempted to aid the other crew members. Later, his leg was amputated.

Rescue
After the crash, P-38 pilots having a party on the beach at Owi Island spotted the crash and immediately swam out and others used small boats in an attempt to rescue the crew. The surviving crew were rescued and transported to the shore of Owi Island. On the beach, Peer died of his injuries.

Memorials
The five crew that died in the crash: Harry, Daniels, Massengill, Hanna and Magnan were officially declared dead the day of the mission. All five earned the Purple Heart, posthumously.

Harry, Daniels and Massengill remain listed as Missing In Action (MIA). All three are memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.

Wood and Peer have unknown burials, likely in his hometown in the United States.

Mass has a memorial marker at Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery in Smithfield, NC.

Harry earned the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters.
Daniels earned the Air Medal.
Massengill earned the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.
Hanna earned the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters.

References

NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Dwain E. Harry

NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - James E. Peer
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Cedric N. Daniels
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - James H. Massengill
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Alexander J. Hanna
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Raymond E. Magnan
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Bernard Arnold
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Gershon Udelewitz
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24J-175-CO Liberator 44-40726
Revenge of the Red Raiders pages 328-329, 484, 507, 563, 568, 573, 581-582, 584-545, 610 (index Harry)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Dwain E. Harry
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Cedric N. Daniels
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - James H. Massengill

American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Alexander J. Hanna
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Raymond E. Magnan

FindAGrave - 1Lt Dwain E Harry (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 2Lt Cedric Norman “Pete” Daniels (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SSGT James H Massengill (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - GYSGT James Horace Massengill (memorial marker photo) sic, SSgt
FindAGrave - SSgt Alexander J Hanna (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Corp Raymond E Magnan (tablets of the missing)

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Last Updated
July 8, 2018

 

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