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  B-29-45-BW Superfortress Serial Number 42-24754  
USAAF
20th AF
73rd BW
499th BG
878th BS

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March 14, 1945

Pilot  2nd Lt. John K. Ellingston, O-739749 (MIA / KIA) CA
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. John C. Terwilliger, O-771834 (MIA / KIA)
Bombardier  2nd Lt. Gerald R. McDermott, O-783081 (MIA / KIA)
Navigator  2nd Lt. John M. Quigley, O-1288359 (MIA / KIA)
Radio  Sgt John R. Schneider, 35218895 (MIA / KIA)
Radar  Sgt Emmett R. Brieger, 13141405
C. F. C.  Sgt Leon Mecham, 39558676 (MIA / KIA)
Engineer  MSgt Forrest C. Flarity, 36123085 (MIA / KIA)
Tail Gunner  Sgt Merritt E. Bolner, 35882935
(MIA / KIA)
Crashed  March 13, 1945
MACR  13017

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing. Assigned to the 499th Bombardment Group, 878th Bombardment Squadron. No nickname or nose art.

Mission History
Took off from Aslito Field (Isley Field) on Saipan on a night incendiary bombing mission. Crashed at MInami-kuhouji town Sakaisuji crossing Higashi-ku Osaka. Likely shot down MSgt Tadao Sumi or Kenji Fujimoto (survived) of the 246th Sentai. At least one crew member bailed out over the city but was burned by flames.

Wreckage
In the morning of March 14, the crash site was investigated and photographed.

Memorials
Officially declared dead the day of the mission. Postwar the war, Ellingston's dog tag was found and the ashes of the crew recovered and transported to the United States. Ellingston was identified and buried at Honolulu Cemetery (Punchbowl) at Plot Q Row 0 Grave 292. Postwar, the rest of the crew (Terwilliger, McDermott, Quigley , Schneider, Brieger, Mecham, Flarity and Bolner) were buried postwar in a group burial at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery at section 81, site 364.

References
B-29 Hunters of the JAAF page 90 (photo), 128
MACR does not note engine or weapon serial numbers and lists pilot as "Kllington"

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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