|Pilot 2nd Lt Jack Pebworth, O-724815 (MIA / KIA) OK
Co-Pilot Dean Mendenhall, O-724796 (MIA / KIA) UT
Crew Sgt Morris W. Hancock, 19010241 (MIA / KIA) UT
Crew Sgt Dick Tryon, 6956366 (MIA / KIA) NM
Crashed October 16, 1942
Built by Martin. Assigned to the 11th Air Force, 28th Bombardment Group, 73rd Bombardment Squadron based at Elmendorf Field. No known nose art or nickname.
On October 16, 1942 one of six B-26 that took off from Adak Airfield on a mission to attack a pair of Japanese destroyers Oboro and Hatsuharu roughly 30 miles northeast of Kiska. Over the destroyers, this B-26 was hit by anti-aircraft fire and observed to crash into the sea.
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized on the courts of the missing at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl). Pebworth has a memorial marker in Ardmore, OK.
Jack Pebworth was a Choctaw Indian and tennis champion who became a pilot after graduating Murray State College at Tishamingo. Unmarried, he had no direct descendants.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-26 40-1478
"1478 (73rd BS,28th BG, 11th AF) shot down by AAA over Gertrude Cove, Kiska Island Oct 15, 1942. No MACR. Fate of crew unknown"
Missing Air Crew Report 15931 (MACR 15931)
Aleutian Campaign, Part III: June 1942-August 1943. Draft Chronology Compiled by John Haile Cloe, page 158
"16 Oct 1942: Six B-26 crews from the 77th Bombardment Squadron attacked two destroyers north of Kiska. The destroyers were apparently trying to reinforce Kiska. The crews dropped 20 300-pound bombs, resulting in direct hits on both ships. One B-26, flown by Lt Jack Pebworth was shot down in the attack with loss of all aboard. Five returned to base with one man seriously wounded. It was the largest single strike against Japanese ships since Dutch Harbor and for many of the B-26 crews, their first action. The 16 October mission was the last flown during the month. Weather prevented even the heavy bombers from flying against Kiska and Attu. (Ransohoff, History 11AF, p. 232)"
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September 27, 2017