|Pilot Captain Lyman Eddy (rescued)
Co-Pilot 1st Lt. Omar W. Headrick, O-430927 (WIA / MIA / KIA) NB
Crashed January 3, 1943
Built by Martin. Assigned to the 38th Bombardment Group, 70th Bombardment Squadron. Assigned to Lyman Eddy with crew chief Baginski.
Took off from Henderson Field on a mission to bomb Munda Airfield. Hit by anti-aircraft fire over the target, and the crew bailed out along and offshore Rendova Island.
Fates of the Crew
Co-pilot Headrick was injured when he hit the bomb bay door bailing out and failed to join the crew. The surviving crew swam ashore and found each other. Three were wounded. The next day a RAAF Hudson located the survivors on the beach and made two supply drops.
On January 5, USS Grayback (SS-208) was alerted rescue them. Spotting the survivors, the submarine landed two men to
link up with them, then submerged until dark. As night fell, Grayback surfaced offshore and by coded light signals directed the small boat "home safe" to the submarine. For this action skipper Edward C. Stephan received the Navy Cross as well as a Silver Star from the US Army. The sub continued to patrol then returned to Brisbane on February 23, 1942 and the crew were returned to duty.
Larry Hickey adds:
"I did a long and very detailed interview with Eddy a number of years ago about what happened."
Headrick was officially declared dead the day of the mission.
He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
Thanks to Larry Hickey / International Historical Research
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January 5, 2018