|Pilot 1st Lt. James Waggle, O-735708 (MIA / KIA) Porterville, CA
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Robert B. Bidgood, O-750320 (MIA / KIA) Dublin, GA
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Edward E. Hooper, O-745820 (MIA / KIA) Arlington, VA
Engineer SSgt Daniel L. Brick, 13101958 (MIA / KIA) Baltimore, MD
Radio Sgt William Murphy, 32409187 (MIA / KIA) NJ / County Cork, Ireland
Gunner SSgt Harold W. Anderson, 39098867 (MIA / KIA) Orleans, CA
MIA April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday"
Built by North American as a D-10 model. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force. Converted to a strafer variant (B-25D-1) by the 4th Air Depot at Garbutt Field near Townsville. Assigned to the 3rd Bombardment Group, 8th Bombardment Squadron.
On January 11, 1944 assigned to the 345th Bombardment Group, 498th Bombardment Squadron. Piloted by True and crew chief Russell. On April 8, 1944 transferred to the 500th Bombardment Squadron. Assigned to pilot Waggle. When lost engines R-2600-13 serial numbers left 41-29069 right 41-29151. Weapon serial numbers noted in Missing Air Crew Report (MACR).
On April 16, 1944 took off from Nadzab Airfield No. 3 on a medium altitude bombing mission over Hollandia. Returning, the formation encountered intense thunderstorms and bad weather on the return flight. Last seen at low altitude in formation north of Bogadjim over Astrolabe Bay. Observed going into a huge cloud cover, believed to have crashed in the sea in that vicinity.
The entire crew was officially declared dead on February 7, 1946. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
Bidgood hasa memorial marker at Northview Cemetery in Dublin, GA.
Hooper has a memorial marker at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Buena Vista, CO at block 39 lot 7 E.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - James A. Waggle
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Robert B. Bidgood
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Edward E. Hooper
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Daniel L. Brick
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - William Murphy
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Harold W. Anderson
FindAGrave - Robert Bruce Bidgood (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - Edward Earl Hooper (memorial marker photo)
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-25D-1 Mitchell 41-30315
Black Sunday covers this loss
Warpath Across the Pacific pages 155, 369, 382, 393
Tuluvu's Air War Chapter IX by Richard Dunn
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January 5, 2018