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  B-29-5-BW "Ramp Tramp" Serial Number 42-6256  
USAAF
20th AF
462nd BG
771st BS

Pilot  Captain Howard R. Jarrell, O-724431 (survived)
Co-Pilot  1st Lt. John R. Kirkland, O-751005 (survived) CA
Navigator  2nd Lt. Frank C. Ogden, O-740708 (survived) CA
Bombardier  2nd Lt. Edward J. Golden, O-684962 (survived) NJ
Engineer  M/Sgt Mike Losik, Jr., 6994827 (survived) PA
Radio  Sgt Jerome C. Zuercher, 35647273 (survived) OH
Command Gunner  Sgt Merl A. Bailey, 37232421 (survived) KS
Left Gunner  T/Sgt Lewis A. Earley, 13012932 (survived) PA
Right Gunner  Sgt George Hummel, 35668122 (survived) OH
Radar  Cpl Herbert A. Bost, 32453664 (survived) NJ
Tail Gunner  SSgt Roy Price, 13040754 (survived) PA

Force Landed  July 29, 1944
MACR  10126

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Assigned to the 20th Air Force, 462nd Bombardment Group, 771st Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Ramp Tramp". When lost, engines R-3350-23A serial numbers 42-84650, 42-84554, 42-121242 and 42-120792. Weapon serial numbers: 50 caliber machine guns 311973, 368732, 1099559, 1095759, 312067, 321812, 368901, 110722, 124792 and 124451 plus 20mm cannon serial number 123231.

Mission History
Took off from A-5 APO 210 on a bombing mission against Anshan in Manchuria. Weather was unlimited visibility with a thin cloud layer at 20,000'. Last seen at 12:04 over Kaiping, Manchuria.

Fates of the Crew
The entire crew was captured by the Japanese and became Prisoners Of War (POW). At the end of the war, the entire crew was liberated and returned to United States.

References
Air & Space Magazine "Made in the U.S.S.R." by Von Hardesty March 2001
NARA World War II Prisoners of War Data File - Howard R. Jarrell
NARA World War II Prisoners of War Data File - John R. Kirkland
NARA World War II Prisoners of War Data File - Frank C. Ogden
NARA World War II Prisoners of War Data File - Edward J. Golden
NARA World War II Prisoners of War Data File - Mike Losik, Jr
NARA World War II Prisoners of War Data File - Jerome C. Zuercher
NARA World War II Prisoners of War Data File - Merl A. Bailey
NARA World War II Prisoners of War Data File - Lewis A. Earley
NARA World War II Prisoners of War Data File - George Hummel
NARA World War II Prisoners of War Data File - Herbert A. Bost
NARA World War II Prisoners of War Data File - Roy Price

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

Tech Info
B-29

POW / MIA
11 POWs

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