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|Aircraft Commander Col. Richard T. King, Jr., O-149232 (POW, survived) C.O. 500th BG
Co-Pilot Major Robert Flood Goldsworthy, O-398709 (POW, survived)
Bombardier 1st Lt. Walter J. Patykuls, O-741413 (MIA / KIA) Trenton, NJ
Navigator 1st Lt. Benjamin Franklin Edwards, O-801445 (MIA / KIA / BR)
Engineer 1/Lt. Henry W. Warde, O-860976 (MIA / died Dec 4, 1944) Kearny, NJ
Left Waist Gunner Cpl Harold O. Schroeder, 16156864 (POW, survived) Appleton, WI
Radar S/Sgt. Carl T. Wells, 17046149 (MIA / died Dec 4, 1944) Portageville, MS
Right Waist Gunner Sgt. Thomas M. Goffrey, 12180664 (MIA / died 2-21-45) Ridgewood, NY
Central Fire Control Cpl. Robert E. Abel, 39691205 (MIA / KIA / BR) Taft, CA
Radio Sgt. John A. Wright. 31296777 (MIA / died Dec 4, 1944) Lynn, MA
Tail Gunner S/Sgt. James P. Corrigan, 13046433 (MIA / KIA / BR) Feeland, PA
Observer Col. Byron E. Brugge, O-19379 (MIA / died March 4, 1945) 73rd BW, HQ G-2
Crashed December 3, 1944
At roughly 14:16 an A6M3 Hamp came from high one o'clock, attack scoring hits on the No. 2 engine. Two large pieces of metal were observed flying off either from No 2 nacelle or inner wing. Shortly after this the lead ship feathered No. 4 engine, then unfeathered it and feathered No. 3, engine. By this time there was smoke mixed with gasoline trailing over left inner wing panel. As soon as No. 3 engine was feathered, the lead ship lost so much speed it fell behind the formation.
Last seen over the northern part of Tokyo, at an altitude of 24,000'. The wheels were down, bomb bay doors open (possibly partial), black smoke was coming from the feathered engine on right side and either the No. 2 engine or the left inner wing funnel was aflame. The plane was in 30 degree dive, with five to twelve enemy fighters carrying on continuous attacks. Eight or nine of the crew were able to bail out. Unable to escape the burning bomber, three died in the crash: Edwards, Abel and Corrigan. Patykuls apparently bailed out, but his parachute was burned and died when he hit the ground or from burns.
Fates of the Crew
King, Goldsworthy, Brugge and Goffery were captured and transported from Omigawa to Tokyo.
Goffery was was hospitalized for malnutrition and frostbite and died on February 21, 1945 and was cremated and buried at the Koishikawa army cemetery.
Brugge was interrogated by the Kempi-Tai and interrogated for a month, then severely beaten and hospitalized on February 28 and died on March 4, 1945. Cremated and buried at the Koishikawa army cemetery.
King, Goldsworthy were imprisoned at the Tokyo POW Camp (Shinjuku) and liberated at the end of the war. Schroeder was held at the Omori POW Camp near Tokyo and was liberated at the end of the war.
Recovery of Remains
Postwar, the body from Jindai-Muri was re-interred in USAF Cemetery Yokohama #1 as Unknown X-376 The three cremated remains from Sakura-machi were re-interred in USAF Cemetery Yokohama #1 as Unknown X-161, X-162, and X-163. The remains of three men who were supposed to have died in a B-29 crash on 3 December 1944 were disinterred at Chiba, Chiba Prefecture on 1 April 1946 by US Army AGRS. These men's names, according to Japanese were Wright, Wells and Wall [sic, there was no Wall in the crew].
Warde is buried at Arlington National Cemetery at section 11 site 584.
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