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  B-26 "Fury" Serial Number 40-1529  
5th AF
22nd BG
2th BS

Pilot  1st Lt Franklin J. Anderson, O-421589 (MIA / KIA) IL
Co-Pilot  Sgt William Llewellyn Scanlan, RAAF 406736 (MIA / KIA) Fremantle, WA
Navigator  2nd Lt Sidney H. Willoughby, O-662411 (MIA) KY
Bombardier  1st Lt Edward H. Hansen, O-432983 (MIA) IL
Engineer  Sgt John H. McLean, 13005296 (MIA) PA
Radio  T/Sgt Thomas R. Powell, 7021207 (MIA) PA
Gunner  S/Sgt George W. Whitley Jr., 13018743 (MIA) NC

MIA  December 17, 1942
MACR  16095

Aircraft History
Built by Martin. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Brisbane, unloaded and transported to Amberley Field and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 22nd Bombardment Group, 2nd Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Fury". This B-26 flew a total of 13 combat missions, the first on July 22, 1942. Regular pilots included Anderson and Patteson. Crew chief Peters.

Mission History
On December 17, 1942 took off from 12 Mile Drome (Schwimmer Drome) near Port Moresby at 10:15am local time. One of three B-26 from 2nd Bombardment Squadron assigned to attack Japanese positions at Buna. The weather was broken cloud over the ranges with unlimited visibility.

On the way to the target, it was last seen flying northwards through the Kokoda Gap area of the Owen Stanley Mountains near Kokoda. After the B-26 failed to return, the entire crew was declared Missing In Action (MIA).

The entire crew was officially declared dead on December 13, 1945. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. Australian Scanlan is memorialized at Bomana War Cemetery on the Port Moresby memorial, panel 9.

Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 16095 - listed location as "Missing Kokoda 7 miles SW"
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-26 40-1529
Revenge of the Red Raiders pages 95, 151, 159-160, 162, 491
CWGC - William Llewellyn Scanlan
RAAFDB - Sgt William Llewellyn Scanian

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018


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