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  B-24J-205-CO Liberator Serial Number 44-41264  
USAAF
13th AF
307th BG
371st BS

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
MACR  10587

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated. Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 307th Bombardment Group, 371st Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. When lost, engines R-1830-65A serial numbers BP-443849, BP-444273, BP-443430 and BP-444063. Weapon serial numbers not noted in MACR.

Mission History
Took off from Kornasoren Airfield on Noemfoor Island on a bombing mission Alicate Airfield on Negros Island

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.

Search
On November 10 and 11, a search mission was flown by PBY Catalinas from 5230 Rescue Group, with single aircraft searching over northern Mindanao and the vicinity of the coordinates last reported were thoroughly searched with negative results. More searches were not made due to a lack fo available aircraft, but American aircraft operating in the area were advised to be on the alert for any signs of the downed crew.

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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