|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
Built by Martin. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-26 Marauder serial number 40-1529. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Brisbane then transported to Amberley Field and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 22nd Bombardment Group, 2nd Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Fury". Regular pilots included Anderson and Patteson. Crew chief Peters. This bomber flew a total of 13 combat missions in New Guinea. This B-26's first combat mission was July 22, 1942.
On December 17, 1942 took off from 12 Mile Drome (Schwimmer Drome) near Port Moresby at 10:15am piloted by 1st Lt Franklin
J. Anderson as one of three B-26s from 2nd Bombardment Squadron a bombing mission to attack Japanese positions at Buna on the north coast of New Guinea. The weather was broken cloud over the Owen Stanley Mountains with unlimited visibility.
On the way to the target, this bomber was last seen flying northwards through the Kokoda Gap area near Kokoda. When this B-26 failed to return it was officially 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.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-26 Marauder 40-1529
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
William Llewellyn Scanlan
RAAFDB - Sgt William Llewellyn Scanian
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May 11, 2018