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|Pilot 1st Lt. Nathan Margolies, O-806295 (stayed with plane MIA / KIA) NY
Co-Pilot 1st Lt. Arthur R. Chaffee, O-755518 (bailed out, survived) WA
Navigator 1st Lt. Edwin E. Scranton, O-685742 (bailed out, MIA / KIA) OH
Bombardier 1st Lt. James M. Meredith, O-889303 (bailed out survived) KS
Engineer TSgt Stanley P. Sadloski, 11010475 (stayed with plane survived) CT
Radio Operator TSgt James F. Nelson, 32086547 (bailed out survived) NY
Asst Engineer SSgt Edward Reed, 11090457 (stayed with plane KIA, BR) MA
Gunner SSgt Kenneth W. Herald, 39559281 (bailed out survived) CA
Gunner SSgt Leo Moriarty, 31285901 (stayed with plane survived) MA
Gunner SSgt John E. Cunningham, 14147628 (bailed out MIA / KIA) GA
Crashed March 24, 1945
As the formation was departing India, this B-24 developed an engine oil leak followed by multiple engine malfunctions. Breaking formation, this B-24 reversed course over the Ganges Delta swampland. Even after salvoing the bomb payload, the extra gas tank, and other removable heavy equipment, the B-24 continued losing altitude. The bailout command was issued.
Fates of the Crew
Recovery of Remains
After his remains were recovered, Reed was buried at Long Island National Cemetery at plot H-9054.
Cunningham also has a memorial marker at Arlington National Cemetery.
Surviving crew member Chaffee passed away on August 1, 1977. He is buried at Holyrood Catholic Cemetery in Shoreline, WA at section M, Row 3119, Grave 3.
Herald passed away on September 22, 1977. He is buried at Fredericksburg West Cemetery in Fredericksburg, OH.
Surviving crew member Sadloski passed away September 3, 1998. He is buried at West Meadow Cemetery in Newington, CT.
On May 26, 2005 the three MIA crew members were given a military honors and a memorial service at Arlington National Cemetery. Eighteen guests from all three families attended the ceremony which included some 70 Army personnel, a seven-horse caisson team with flag-draped mock casket, escort platoon, pall bearers, brass band, and color guard. The service was conducted by both an Army chaplain and a civilian rabbi--the latter for the pilot's family. Following a three-volley gun salute and "Taps," three folded flags were presented to the next of kin from the families. Memorial headstones for Lt. Margolies, Lt. Scranton, and S/Sgt. Cunningham had been installed prior to the ceremony. Researcher Walt Webb, cousin of Lt. Scranton, organized the event.
Moriarty passed away on February 15, 2010. He is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Danielson, CT at section F, grave 91.
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