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  B-29-30-BW Superfortress Serial Number 42-24474  
USAAF
20th AF
462nd BG
771st BS

Pilot  Col. Richard H. Carmichael (POW, survived) New York, NY
Co-Pilot  1st Lt. Carl A. Skedsvold, O-751203 (KIA, BR) Alexander, ND
Navigator  Maj. Edward A. Perry (POW, survived) Charlestown, IL
Bombardier  Maj. Harold J. Mann, O-660380 (POW, survived) Seranton, PA
RCM-Obs  Cpl. Charles M. Howard, 38449412 (POW, survived) North Little Rock, AR
Engineer  F/O Paul M. Clark, T-192821 (POW, survived) Roswell, OK
Right Gunner  Sgt Gerald B. Livingston, 18130167 (POW, survived) Taloga, OK
Left Gunner  Pfc. Joseph B. Deterra, Jr., 11011124 (POW, survived) Newport, RI
GC  Capt. Chester Tims, O-443425 (MIA / KIA) Roswell, NM
Radio
 Sgt Remick Wallace, 31165077 (KIA, BR) Everett, MA
Tail Gunner  Sgt. John A. Fischer, 32495365 (POW, survived) New Hyde Park, NY

Crashed  August 20, 1944
MACR  10126

Pilot History
Col. Richard H. Carmichael, commanding officer of the 462nd Bombardment Group. Carmichael was one of the pioneers of heavy bombers operations in the Pacific. He commanded the 19th Bombardment Group (19th BG) during 1942 when it was the sole B-17 Group in the Southwest Pacific. Carmichael sucessfully bailed out and was a Prisoner of War (POW) for a year until liberated at the end of hostilities. Postwar, he remained in the military and joined the United States Air Force (USAF) and retired as a Major General. He passed away on April 14, 1983. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery at Section 30, Site 874-RH.

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing. Constructor Number 4131. Assigned to the 20th Air Force, 462nd Bombardment Group, 771st Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On August 20, 1944 one of 75 B-29s that took off from Piardoba Airfield at daylight on a dusk bombing mission against Yawata. Weather and visibility were reported as fair. Over the target, this bomber was intercepted by Ki-45 Nick and Ki-84 Frank fighters and was hit by an enemy air-to-air bomb that caused structural damage and a fire. Carmichael ordered the crew to bail out over the western coast between Kyūshū and Iki Island.

Seven parachutes were observed by other bombers in the formation. The aircraft went into a dive and the pilot managed to level out at 2,000'. A further three parachutes were seen. Only radio operator Wallace failed to exit the bomber and likely died in the crash. After bailing out, Skedsvold was fired on by enemy fighters and killed in his parachute.

Fates of the Crew
Eight of the crew were taken POW and detained at Omori POW Camp in Tokyo until the end of the war. At the end of the war, Carmichael was released from Tokyo POW Camp (Shinjuku). Clark was released from Tokyo POW Camp Branch #2 (Kawasaki).

Memorials
Skedsvold, Wallace and Tims were officially declared dead the day of the mission.

Tims remains listed as Missing In Action (MIA) and is memorialized at the courts of the missing at the Honolulu Memorial at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) on panel 5.

Postwar, Wallace's remains were recovered and transported to Hawaii where he was buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) at section P site 1088.

Postwar, Skedsvold remains were recovered and transported to the United States for permanent burial at Alexander Cemetery in Alexander, ND.

John A Fischer passed away on July 2, 1978 and is buried at Long Island National Cemetery at plot Q, grave 4040.

References
Missing Air Crew Report 10126 (MACR 10126)
War that Asahi's treasured photos narrate "Pictures of downed B-29 taken avoiding MP's observation" page 193
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Chester Tims
NARA World War II Prisoners of War Data File - Richard H. Carmichael
NARA World War II Prisoners of War Data File - Edward A. Perry
NARA World War II Prisoners of War Data File - Harold J. Mann
NARA World War II Prisoners of War Data File - Charles M. Howard
NARA World War II Prisoners of War Data File - Paul M. Clark
NARA World War II Prisoners of War Data File - Gerald B. Livingston
NARA World War II Prisoners of War Data File - Joseph B. Deterra, Jr.
NARA World War II Prisoners of War Data File - John A. Fischer
FindAGrave - Chester Tims (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Remick Wallace (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Gen Richard Henry Carmichael (photo)
FindAGrave - Lieut Carl A Skedsvold (grave photo)
FindAGrave - John A Fischer
Illusive Target by Richard Dunn mentions this loss

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

Tech Info
B-29

POW / MIA
MIA / POW
1 Missing
9 Prisoner

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