|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
Built by Boeing. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-29-45-BW Superfortress serial number 42-24754.
Assigned to the 20th Air Force, 499th Bombardment Group, 878th Bombardment Squadron. No nickname or nose art.
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.
In the morning of March 14, the crash site was investigated and photographed.
The entire crew as officially declared dead the day of the mission.
Recovery of Remains
Ellingston's dog tag was found and the ashes of the crew recovered and transported to the United States.
The entire crew as officially declared dead the day of the mission. 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 in a group burial at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery at section 81, site 364.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-29-45-BW Superfortress
"24754 (499th BG, 878th BS) shot down by Ki-61 and crashed at Minami-Kuhouji near Higashi-Ku, Osaka, Japan while on mission to Osaka Mar 13, 1945. MACR 13017. All 9 crew KIA"
MACR 13017 (MACR 13017) does not note
engine or weapon serial numbers and lists pilot as "Kllington"
B-29 Hunters of the JAAF page 90 (photo), 128
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June 29, 2019