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  B-29-40-BW "Calamity Jane" Serial Number 42-24589  
USAAF
20th AF
40th BG
25th BS

Aircraft Commander  Captain Aubrey J. Richard, O-409830 (MIA / KIA) Hinds County, MS
Co-Pilot  1st Lt William R. Fesler, O-750966 (MIA / KIA) IN
Navigator  1st Raymond C. Schuette, O-746758 (MIA /KIA) TX
Bombardier  1st Lt. Jim E. Miller, O-674792 (MIA / KIA) OH
FA  1st Lt. Walter W. Ingalls, O-482989 (MIA / KIA) IA
V
 1st Lt. James L. Brennan, O-862229 (MIA /KIA) PA
Radio  Sgt Oliver M. Kidd, 15339204 (MIA / KIA) OH
Chief Fire Control  SSgt George W. Hanger, 15055194 (MIA / KIA) OH
Right Waist Gunner  SSgt Herbert E. Bridges, 36307086 (MIA / KIA) IL
Left Waist Gunner  Sgt Lee E. Chapman, 16055407 (MIA / KIA)
Tail Gunner  SSgt Alvin K. Fiedler, 35519985 (MIA / KIA) Cuyahoga County, OH
RCM  2nd Lt. Edward R. Walter, O-866379 (MIA / KIA) Brooklyn, NY
Crashed  February 1, 1945 at 2:00am
MACR  12020

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing in Wichita, Kansas. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-29-40-BW Superfortress serial number 42-24589.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 20th Air Force, 40th Bombardment Group, 25th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Calamity Jane" with the nose art of a cow girl. When lost engines R-33550-23A serial numbers W461897, W461263, W461248 and W461591. Armed with .50 caliber machine guns serial numbers noted in Missing Air Crew Report 12020 (MACR 12020).

Mission History
On January 31, 1945 took off from Chakulia Airfield in India on a bombing mission against Singapore. The weather was ceiling and visibility unlimited (CAVU). Over the target, hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire or intercepting fighters, the no. 3 engine caught fire and crashed this bomber to crashed on February 1, 1945 at 2:00am.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.

Richard earned the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Fesler earned the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Schuette earned the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Miller earned the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Ingalls earned the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Brennan earned the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Kidd earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Hanger earned the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Bridges earned the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and Purple Heart, posthumously. He also has a memorial marker at Big Foot Cemetery in Harvard, IL.

Chapman earned the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and Purple Heart, posthumously. He also has a memorial marker at Concord Cemetery in Perry County, IL.

Fiedler earned the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and Purple Heart, posthumously. He also has a memorial marker at North Murray Ridge Cemetery in Elyria, OH.

Walter earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously. He also has a memorial marker in Mount Olivet Cemetery and Mausoleum in Raytown, MO.

Wreckage
After the crash, the Japanese reportedly salvaged parts of the wreckage. Reportedly, the nose wreckage including the nickname "Calamity Jane" and nose art of a cow girl was displayed in Singapore.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-29-40-BW Superfortress 42-24589
"24589 (40th BG, 25th BS) shot down by AAA over Singapore Feb 1, 1945. MACR 12020. All 11 crew KIA."
Missing Air Crew Report 12020 (MACR 12020) created February 5, 1945
Missing Air Crew Report 10878 (MACR 10878) page 5
The Destruction of Force Z - Our Find wreckage discovered at 60m possibly this B-29
ArmyAirForces - Identity of B-29 Wreck found in South China Sea
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Aubrey J. Richard
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - William R. Fesler
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Raymond C. Schuette
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Jim E. Miller
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Walter W. Ingalls
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - James L. Brennan
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Oliver M. Kidd
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - George W. Hanger
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Herbert E. Bridges
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Lee E. Chapman
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Alvin K. Fiedler

American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Edward R. Walter
FindAGrave - Capt Aubrey J Richard (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 1Lt William Riley Fesler (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 1LT William Riley Fesler (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - 1LT Raymond Carl Schuette (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 1LT Raymond Carl Schuette (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - 1Lt Jim E Miller (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 1Lt Walter W Ingalls (photo, tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 1Lt James L Brennan (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Oliver M Kidd (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt George Wallace Hanger (photo, tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Herbert Edson Bridges (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SSGT Herbert Edson Bridges (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Lee E Chapman (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Lee Edward Chapman (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Alvin K Fiedler (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Alvin K. Fiedler (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - 1Lt Edward R Walter (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Edward Robert Walter (memorial marker photo)

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Last Updated
January 2, 2019

 

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