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|Pilot Captain George F. Kahle (survived)
Co-Pilot Lt. King (survived)
Navigator 1st Lt Marvin L. McCrory (survived)
Engineer Sgt. David C. Lowe, Jr. (survived)
Radio S/Sgt Harold D. Leonard (survived)
Top Turret Sgt. Smiraldo (survived)
Force Landed January 6, 1943
This B-26 was one of the most active in the squadron, flying at least 24 combat missions prior to its loss from 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby.
On April 18, 1942 took off on as one of six B-26 on a bombing mission over Rabaul. After take off, three aborted due to bad weather before reaching the target. Over Simpson Harbor, this B-26 dropped its four 500 lbs bombs at Komaki Maru, two missed hitting the shore (one did not explode), one 500lbs bomb scored
a direct hit, the forth landed in the water. The ship's stern exploded violently
and the ship settled with only the deck remaining above water.
This B-26 was hit by 20mm cannon fire and lost hydraulics and could not close the bomb bay doors, until the crew worked to close on side by hand. While attempting to close the other door with the remaining hydraulic pressure, but the bomb bay reopened and the landing gear dropped out. Pilot Kahle elected to force land at Milne Bay. There were no injuries to the crew when they successfully landed without gear at Turnbull Airfield.
The nose art of this aircraft was salvaged by the 22nd BG and taken back to their base at Antil Plains Airfield.
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