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  B-24M-1-CO "Out of the Night II" Serial Number 44-41809  
5th AF
43rd BG
65th BS
B. Williams 1945
Pilot  1st Lt. Charles D. Scroggs, O-828550 (rescued) St. Petersburg, FL
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. Gayle Mace, O-780648 (rescued) St. Louis, MO
Navigator  1st Lt. Roy R. Rose, O-434050 (rescued) Tuscaloosa, AL
Bombardier  F/O Robert J. Meyer, T-130069 (rescued) Central City, NB
Observer  2nd Lt. Robert M. Nairn, O-2070102 (rescued) Rochester, NY
Engineer  TSgt Charles E. Rickey, 35583114 (rescued) Clarence, MS
Asst Engineer  SSggt Harold Hinchman, 36421442 (rescued) Baroda, MI
Radio  SSgt Wilbur D. Dickson, 18169028 (MIA / KIA) Belleville, AR
Gunner  SSgt James T. Murdock, 34771007 (rescued) Statesville, NC
Radar  TSgt Harry Fackenthal, 12204103 (rescued) Newark, NJ
Gunner  SSgt Maurice H. Walker, Jr. 42029847 (rescued) Corning, NY
Gunner  SSgt Edward J. Racz, 35915542 (rescued) Elyria, OH

Ditched  June 12, 1945 at 1:35pm
MACR  14879

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF). Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 43rd Bombardment Group, 63th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Out of the Night II" after prior B-24J "Out of the Night" 44-40901. This aircraft was radar equipped and painted overall black. When lost, engine and weapon serial numbers noted in the Missing Air Crew Report (MACR).

Mission History
On June 11, 1945 at 5:05pm took from Clark Field on a lone armed reconnaissance radar sea search for shipping off Shanghai. Over the target area, they were not intercepted by Japanese fighters or anti-aircraft fire. Returning, on this B-24 ran out of fuel due to adverse weather conditions and radioed that the aircraft was going to ditch into the South China Sea. The crew assumed ditching positions and ditched on June 12, 1945 at 1:35pm roughly 200 miles east of Formosa and 150 miles east off the Batan Island Group, north of Luzon.

During the ditching, Walker disappeared, likely sucked out through the fuselage when the gun turrets were torn away and killed instantly or fatally injured and was never seen again. The other crew members survived the ditching and successfully deployed two life rafts.

When the B-24 failed to return, Air & Sea Rescue was notified. Spotted from the air, the crew was rescued and returned to duty.

Dickson was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. He also has a memorial marker at Havana Cemetery, Havana, AR.

Missing Air Crew Report 14879 (MACR 14879)
FindAGrave - Wilbur D. Dickson

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Last Updated
August 10, 2019


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