|Pilot Major James J. Yeoman, O-424183 (MIA / KIA) TX
Co-Pilot 1st Lt Howard A. Goldstone, O-666027 (MIA / KIA) WI
Crew S/Sgt Charles D. McGinley, 38121285 (MIA / KIA) TX
Crew T/Sgt James C. Kiker, 34333809 (MIA / KIA) AL
Crew S/Sgt Robert M. Du Vall, 14070737 (MIA / KIA) TN
Passenger 1st Lt William C. Craig, 1695378 Medical Corps (MIA / KIA) PA
Crashed April 28, 1944
Built by North American. Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 42nd Bombardment Group, 75th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.
On April 28, 1944 took off from Nissan Airfield (Green
Island) on a two plane recon
mission over New Ireland looking for barges to strafe. This aircraft
turned across New Ireland, spotted and made a pass at a small plantation.
They made another pass over the target, flying low, and never recovered
their altitude. According to the pilot of the other plane, the crash
scene was in Katherine Harbor on the SW coast of New Ireland about 5
miles from the plantation and approximately 1 mile off shore. The plane
had skidded about 200 ft before stopping and had broken up. The
other plane flew 3-4 fly bys but no bodies or survivors were ever seen.
The raft was out and inflated.
The entire crew was officially declared dead on April 28, 1944. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
Marie Duvall Puttkamer (son of Robert M. Duvall) adds:
contacted a diving company in New Ireland and found out that that part
of the island is very remote and the harbor isn't used."
Thanks to Marie Duvall Puttkamer and Daniel Leahy for additional information
Crew details via microfilm roll B0131
Note: Duvall's name is spelt "Du Vall" in the CWGC database, but DuVall on ABMC/DPMO.
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January 5, 2018