|Pilot 1st Lt. Carroll C. McGlasson
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Douglas W. Diggs
Crew Chief S/Sgt. Clifford F. McClure (KIA)
Radio S/Sgt. Donald G. Murray (WIA)
Ditched September 12, 1943
Built by Martin. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 22nd Bombardment Group, 19th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Reluctant Dragon".
Took off from Dobodura for a training flight over Cape Killerton. An engine that had been intentionally shut down could not be restarted, likely to a magnito failure. The pilot attempted to ditch just off the coast and skid the plane up onto the beach, but he landed too far offshore, and the Marauder sank while still in deep water. The co-pilot Diggs, a member of the Merchant Marine, who was along for the ride, went down with the plane. McClure, the crew chief, escaped from the sinking bomber. 1/Lt. Carroll C. McGlasson, the pilot, S/Sgt. Donald G. Murray, the injured radio operator, and another Merchant Marine passenger, were able to swim ashore.
This wreck is
diveable off Cape Killerton but the water quality is poor.
Revenge of the Red Raiders page 304, 499, 517-518, 556-558
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January 5, 2018