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|Pilot 1st Lt. Kenneth C. Sanderson, O-886170 (survived)
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Loren B. Corliss, O-713355 (survived)
Navigator 2nd Lt. Stephen P. Piusz, O-701285 (survived)
Bombardier F/O Charles G. Steiger, T-124050 (survived)
Engineer SSgt L. N. Ligon, 18232936 (survived)
Asst Engineer TSgt Michael S. Dobos, 36567057 (survived)
Radio TSgt Howard I. Mosher, 14119897 (survived)
Asst Radio SSgt Leroy L. Cartwright, 35217251 (survived)
Gunner SSgt Jesus N. Valenciano, 35895296 (survived) Parr, TX
Gunner SSgt John W. Kirk, Jr., 33646881(survived)
Crashed November 8, 1944
Over Mindanao at approximately 11:45am, Lt. Sanders called over the radio to B-24J 44-40938 piloted by 1st Lt. William R. Covington that his fuel gauges were shattered and he had no way to estimate fuel levels and one engine was out and lost sight of the formation over Mindanao north-northeast of Davao, advising that he would proceed to Leyte. Also, that several crew members were injured. He departed the formation heading north. Weather was 6/10 low stratus clouds with visibility of 6-8 miles.
At 1300 another aircrew member aboard B-24J 44-41213 heard the message "QMMO" from LED to Morotai that was repeated several times. At 1510 the aircraft then began sending an "SOS". At 1320 he intercepted a message "Bail out or crash land on Mindanao".
In fact, the crew bailed out including Valenciano and Kirk. Both returned to duty and afterwards were granted seven day leave in Sydney issued on January 5, 1945.
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