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  B-29B-35-BA "Maniuwa" Serial Number 42-63678  
USAAF
20th AF
315th BW
502nd BG
402nd BS

Aircraft Commander  Capt. Henry G. Dillingham, O-389195 (MIA / KIA) Hawaii
Pilot  2nd Lt. James D. McGlynn, O-835680 (MIA / KIA) Lockport, NY
Navigator  1st Lt. Willis S. Orner, O-811728 (MIA / KIA) Morristown, PA
Bombardier  1st Lt. Theodore W. Reekstin, O-696035 (MIA / KIA) Alpana, MI
RDOM  1st Lt. Edward R. Morrow Jr., O-700034 (MIA / KIA) Lakewood, OH
FE  S/Sgt Charles J. Bordino, 12029775 (MIA / KIA) Niagra Falls, NY
ROM  S/Sgt.Harvey J. Dempsey, 16092124 (MIA / KIA) Milwaukee, WI
Left Wasit Gunner  S/Sgt. John P. Cary, 37161481 (MIA / KIA) Minneapolis, MN
Right Wasit Gunner  Sgt. Joseph T. H. Leblanc, 201018665 (MIA / KIA) North Attleboro, MA
Tail Gunner  Sgt. John. F. Greene, 18241825 (MIA / KIA) Fort Worth, TX

Crashed  July 25, 1945
MACR  14793

Pilot History
Dillingham was the son of Walter H. Dillingham, a noted pilot on Oahu in the 1930s. Henry was also the grandson of Benjamin F. Dillingham who founded the OR&L which evolved into Hawaiian Dredging Company and the Dillingham Corporation. In 1948, Mokuleia Field was renamed "Dillingham AFB" in honor of Henry G. Dillingham.

Aircraft History
Built by Bell-Atlanta. Nicknamed "Maniuwa".

Mission History
Mission # 291 / 315th BW Mission #10. Took off from Northwest Field on Guam for a night mission armed with 500 lbs bomb on the night of July 25/26 1945 on a seventy-five bomber mission attacking the 16,500 - 18,000' Mitsubishi Oil Refinery at the Hayama Petroleum Center near Kawasaki, dropping 650 tons of bombs on the target destroying 33% of the storage tanks and other facilities. This B-29 was caught in search lights and suffers a direct flak hit approaching the target.

Wreckage
Crashed into the Nippon Casting Company factory at No. 3, 2 chome, Shiraishi-cho, Kawasaki.

Memorials
Declared dead the day of the mission. The remains of the crew were recovered postwar and are buried at Honolulu Cemetery (Punchbowl). Dillingham Plot D Row 0 Grave 432. Dempsey, Cary and McGlynn at Plot D Row 0 Grave 495. Orner at Plot D Row 0 Grave 482. Reekstin at Plot D Row 0 Grave 489. Morrow at Plot D Row 0 Grave 465. Green at Plot D Row 0 Grave 444.

Relatives
Penelope Patricia Dempsey Yazzie (daughter of Harvey J. Dempsey)

References
AWON: SSgt Harvey J. Dempsey
Note: ABMC & Department of Veterans Affairds Nationwide Gravesite Locator do not list Leblanc

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

Tech Info
B-29

POW / MIA
MIA
9 Resolved

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