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|Pilot 2nd Lt . Howard A. Hayes
Navigator 2nd Lt. Harold P. Beck
Radio SSgt Samuel Siegel
Force Landed April 8, 1942
Lost, the B-26 flew up and down coastline for two hours. As darkness approached, Hayes released his bombs off shore and searched for a place to force land. Unable to find a clear stretch of beach, he found a small clearing while the radio operator issued an SOS. This B-25 force landed wheels up near Vailala a few miles from Kerema approximately 140 miles northwest of Port Moresby.
Papua Administrative Unit (PAU) Australian patrol officer (kiap) Lt. Francis "Frank" H. Moy, the district officer for the area arrived the next day and called by radio to Port Moresby. A PBY piloted by F/L C. F. Thompson from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) 20 Squadron attempted to land offshore, but rough seas made it impossible, but dropped food and supplies.
Next, Moy led the crew to another village a mile away and remained there for nine days before the ship MV Matoma arrived, and the B-26 was stripped for usable parts. Afterwards, they departed for Port Moresby arriving on April 22 and caught a ride to 7-Mile Drome, then hitched a ride on a B-26 back to Garbutt Field the next day.
Later, another patrol officer F. H. Moy with five Royal Papuan Constabularies visited this wreck again during June 1942, and loaded more wreckage onto the launch Tomu and taken away.
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