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  B-29-15-BW "Calamity Sue" Serial Number 42-6334  
20th AF
468th BG
794th BS

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Pilot  Captain Ornell J. Stauffer, O-428386 (MIA / KIA) Berne, IN
Co-Pilot  1st Lt. Jimmie Wine, O-750751 (MIA / KIA) Moniter, Washington
Navigator  2nd Lt. Irving S. Newman, O-686122 (POW, survived) Dorchester, MA
Bombardier  2nd Lt. Ben R. Bloom, O-739536 (KIA) La Junta, CO
Engineer  2nd Lt. Charles Austin Shott, O-682156 (POW, survived) Huntington Park, CA
Radio  TSgt Walter A. Dansby, 15099518 (POW, survived) Amberstdale, WV
Radar  Sgt Raymond J. Keelan , 3367106 (MIA / KIA) Philadelphia, PA
Right Gunner  SSgt Michael J. Karlovich, 12204196 (MIA / KIA) Windsor, MO
Senior Gunner  SSgt Clinton A. Martin, 34054497 (MIA / KIA) Jefferson, GA
Left Gunner  SSgt James A. O'Brien, 35371241 (MIA / KIA) Indianapolis, IN
Tail Gunner  TSgt Robert W. Bonner, 13027041 (MIA / KIA) Summit Hill, PA

Crashed  August 20, 1944
MACR  9685

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing. Assigned to the 20th Air Force, 468th Bombardment Group, 794th Bombardment Group. Nicknamed "Calamity Sue". When lost, weapon and engine serial numbers not noted on MACR.

Mission History
Took off from Pengshan Airfield in China on a bombing mission over Yawata. Over the target, this bomber was flying in the #4 position of a four bomber diamond formation.

On the bomb run, Ki-45 Nick piloted by Sgt Shigeo Nobe rammed the lead bomber, B-29 "Gertrude C" 42-6334 head on. A piece of wreckage struck the tail stabilizer of this bomber shearing it off and causing the bomber to enter a spin and crash. Nobe's attack was the first deliberate ramming of B-29s over Japan.

Fates of the Crew
Three of the crew: Newman, Shott and Dansby bailed out of the nose wheel door, all three were captured and held as a prisoner of war. Newman and Shott were liberated from Omori Camp near Tokyo. Austin was liberated from Tokyo POW Camp (Shinjuku).

Dansby passed away on March 17, 1999. Newman passed away on April 3, 2003. Shott died on November 10, 2003 [read obituary].

Wine is buried at Honolulu Cemetery (Punchbowl) at section C site 337. Details on the other crew members is unknown.

B-29 Hunters of the JAAF page 14-18
Pacific Air Combat WWII pages 67-70, 72 (photo)
NARA Prisoners of War Data File - Walter A. Dansby
NARA Prisoners of War Data File - Irving S. Newman
NARA Prisoners of War Data File - Charles Austin Shott
Sgt Nobe rams and downs two B-29s over Kyushu by Nakamura Kenichi

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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