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  B-26B "Queenie" Serial Number 41-17586  
USAAF
13th AF
38th BG
70th BS

Pilot ¬†Captain Lyman Eddy (rescued)
Co-Pilot  1st Lt. Omar W. Headrick, O-430927 (WIA / MIA / KIA) NB

Crashed¬† January 3, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Martin. Assigned to the 38th Bombardment Group, 70th Bombardment Squadron. Assigned to Lyman Eddy with crew chief Baginski. Nicknamed "Queenie".

Mission History
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.

Rescue
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."

Memorials
Headrick was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

References
Thanks to Larry Hickey / International Historical Research Associates for additional information

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

Tech Info
B-26


MIA
MIA
1 missing
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