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|Pilot 1st Lt. Gerald J. Crosson, USAAF (survived)
Co-Pilot Sgt William Edwin Logan, RAAF 415158 (WIA, died) Mt. Hawthorn, WA
Radio Operator SSgt Darby, USAAF (WIA, survived)
Crashed August 17, 1942
On August 17, 1942 one of ten B-26 Marauders parked at 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby fully fueled and armed with 500 pound bombs. On the ground, there was no advanced warning of a Japanese air raid against 7 Mile by G4M1 Betty bombers from the 4th Kokutai and Misawa Kokutai escorted by A6M2 Zeros from the Tainan Kokutai.
Attempting to take off to avoid being hit on the ground, this bomber took off piloted by 1st Lt. Gerald Crosson with co-pilot Sgt William Edwin Logan (RAAF) and radio operator Darby. A Japanese bomb exploded approximately 20 feet off the left wing causing this bomber to catch fire. Aboard, Sgt Logan suffered serious shrapnel wounds to his legs and abdomen. Darby also sustained a shrapnel injury. Abandoning their B-26 on the runway, the crew took cover in a bomb crater while the B-26 burned until the bombs exploded.
Fates of the crew
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