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  B-29-50-BW "Indian Maid" Serial Number 42-24809  
USAAF
20th AF
313 BW
505th BG
482nd BS

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1945

Pilot Commander  Captain Edward Fishkin, O-383237 (KIA) Verona, NJ
Co-Pilot  F/O Alfred V. Boulton, T-65112 (KIA) Brooklyn, NY
Bombardier  2nd Lt Gerald J. McIntosh, O-2075437 (KIA) Brooklyn, NY
Navigator  1st Lt John Meehan, O-2079058 (POW / dis) Long Island, NY
Engineer  S/Sgt John Driapsa, 15018513 (KIA) Bainbridge, OH
Radar  F/O William H. Moore, T-137750 (KIA) Tipton, IN
Radio  Sgt Henry W. Sutherland, 39041587 (POW, dis) Berkley, CA
CFC Gunner  Sgt Osmond J. Hannigan, 17118454 (POW, dis) Minn
R Gunner  Sgt James N. Fitzegerald, 31323581 (POW, ex) Gardiner, ME
L Gunner  Sgt Harvey B. Kennedy, Jr., 34540097 (POW, ex) Sarasota, FL
Tail  Sgt Joseph G. Kanzler, 42034646 (POW, dis) Richmond Hill, NY

Crashed  June 5, 1945
MACR  14603

Mission History
Took off from Tinian. Part of 473 B-29s on a mission to bomb the city of Kobe with incendiaries. Over the target at the start of the attack, shot down by anti-aircraft fire and crashed at the Hyogo Prefecture Kobe City Mitsubishi shipyard near Kobe. Five of the crew went down with the bomber, the six others bailed out.

Fats of the Crew
The six survivors were taken Prisoner Of War (POW) by the Japanese and turned over to the Kempei-tai (military police) at Kobe. On or around July 20, 1945 Fitzegerald and Kennedy were executed at the Shinodayama Military Parade Ground near Osaka. The other prisoners died of disease during the war.

Wreckage
"Too Young To Die" by Bryan Cox (POW in Osaka) page 248-249:
"...we passed the mangled wreckage of an American B-29 Superfortress bomber lying where it had been shot down adjacent to the footpath. It was easily identifiable by its 2200 hp Weight Cyclone engines, part of the cowling which had been torn off in the impact, and by the distinctive twin-bogie undercarriage lying forlornly alongside. Post war investigations that it was probably the wreckage of Indian Maid, a B-29 Superfortress which was shot down by Japanese 'Tony' fighters over Osaka."

Memorials
The MIA crew members were declared dead the day of the mission and are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Honolulu Cemetery (Punchbowl).

The following crew members are buried at Honolulu Cemetery (Punchbowl): John Meehan at Plot P Row 0 Grave 832. Osmond Hannigan at Plot P Row 0 Grave 740. Joseph C. Kanzler (declared dead August 15, 1945) at Plot Q Row 0 Grave 819.

Relatives
Diana Bouille (nephew of Driapsa)
"My uncle was John Driapsa. I have a picture of my uncle and a different plane with his original crew. He was on his first mission and was taking the place of another person (replacing Sgt W. O'Marrah of Chicago). John’s hometown was Bainbridge, Ohio in the south central part of Ohio."

References
JA2TKO & B-29 by Kunio Okada
Too Young To Die by Bryan Cox, pages 248 - 249

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

Tech Info
B-29

POW / MIA
6 POW
5 MIA/KIA

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