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|Pilot Major Hamilton H. Dyer, Jr. (KIA, BR) Kennebunk, ME
Co-Pilot 1st Lt. Hunter T. Railey (KIA, BR) Englewood, CO
Navigator 2nd Lt. Roland L. Albert (KIA, BR) Lynn, MA
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Douglas Salkin (KIA, BR) Brooklyn, NY
Engineer TSgt Edward D. Crimmins (KIA, BR) Flandreau, SD
Radio SSgt Walter C. Ciochon (KIA, BR) Flint, MI
Asst Radio Sgt Raymond W. Perchorowicz (KIA, BR) Chicago, IL
Top Gunner SSgt Erwin H. Mitchell (KIA, BR) Alpena, MI
Righter Gunner SSgt Michael T. Mignogna (KIA, BR) Cleveland, OH
Left Gunner SSgt Lowell H. Morris (KIA, BR) Boone, IA
Tail Gunner SSgt Edward C. Congro (KIA, BR) Lyndhurst, NY
Crashed August 20, 1944
This bomber ran out of fuel about 100km from its base at Cheng-du and crashed in the remote Shsi-Ling (Snow Mountain). The entire crew was listed as MIA. Search or recovery efforts failed to locate them.
In the early 2000s, Bernard Yung had been given information by a journalist from his home town of Cheng-du, that the journalist had made a five day mule trip into the mountains and had located the wreckage of a B-29. Mr Yang, contacted the Beijing Aviation Association and a Professor Renije Hua, who was a former Chinese Air Force (CAF) "Hump" pilot in WWII was instrumental in assisting in the identification.
During July 2001, July 2004 and July 2005 Mr. Yang organized an expedition to visit the mountain with help from volunteers from the Suchuan Mountaineering Club and the Thin and High Mountain Climbing Team to accompany him. US Army CLIHI tried to discourage Mr. Yang and refused to let him accompany their expedition by citing "insurance concerns".
Near the site, Mr. Yang was able to locate a farmer who had taken a "tank" from the wreckage and was still using as a cooking pot. At the summit of a hilltop at 4,542m they located the crash site. They recovered 500 pieces of wreckage, some brought by to the United States to be examined by USAF historians, and confirmed the wreckage to be B-29 "Praying Mantis" 44-6286. Afterwards, these relics were donated to the New England Air Museum.
The crew is also memorialized at the Monument to Aviation Martyrs Nanjing Memorial at Nanjing (Nanjing) in China.
Dyer also has a memorial marker at Evergreen Cemetery in Portland, ME at section R.
Crimmins also has a memorial marker at the Moody County Memorial Library in Flandreau, SD. This memorial is now displayed at the Moody County Resource Center in Flandreau, SD.
A display about this B-29 and the efforts of Mr. Yang is installed at the New England Air Museum as part of the 58th Bomb Wing Memorial. The display includes the wooden radio mast, brake pads, aluminum wreckage, hoses, electrical items, tire, shoes, canvas and part of the nose landing gear assembly.
During a 2005 expedition, a memorial plaque was placed at the crash site by Mr. Yang and eleven students from Chinese Universities.
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