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  B-29-45-BW Superfortress Serial Number 42-24754  
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
Crashed  March 13, 1945
MACR  13017

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-29-45-BW Superfortress serial number 42-24754.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 20th Air Force, 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.

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
Postwar, 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 42-24754

"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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Last Updated
June 29, 2019


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