|Aircraft Commander Maj. Jack B. Riley, O-393200 (MIA / KIA) Santa Monica, CA
Co-Pilot Lt. William G. "Billy" Weber, O-813621 (MIA / KIA) GA
Bombardier Lt. J.G. Kelly, O-667303 (MIA / KIA) Chicago, IL
Navigator Capt. Walter W. Homer, O-432164 (MIA / KIA) NB
Engineer Lt. Ralph E. Worthington, O-864101 (MIA / KIA) Hobart, IN
Right Gunner Cpl. Alfred J. English, 34674889 (MIA / KIA) Rocky Mount, NC
Radio Sgt. William R. Bass, 18180265 (MIA / KIA) Denison, TX
Left Gunner Cpl. James J. Dannaher, 11095138 (MIA / KIA) Hartford, CT
Central Fire Control Sgt. Carl J. Trulove, 39387393 (MIA / KIA) Albany, OR
Tail Gunner Cpl George R. Ellis, 42103564 (MIA / KIA) NJ
Crashed March 24, 1945
Built by Boeing. Assigned to the 20th Air Force, 504th Bombardment Group, 398th Bombardment Squadron. Assigned to Riley. Nicknamed "The Life of Riley" after commanding officer Lt. Col. Jack Riley in Kansas prior to ferrying the bomber overseas to Tinian. When lost engines R-3350-23A serial numbers 42-121127, DW-201554, DW-202029 and DW-201726.
Took off from North
Field (Runway No. 1) on Tinian on a bombing mission over Nagoya. After dropping their bombs, the B-29 reported by radio their position to be 28 miles southeast of Guguan with "engine on fire" and "we'll keep you informed". The radio message was heard by another B-29 and a ground station on Tinian.
After being reported missing, the 313th Bomb Wing's Air & Sea Rescue searched for this B-29, without result.
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl).
Kenneth Moore (nephew of Weber)
Patricia Lane (widow of Weber)
Moores Marauders "Finding The Life of Riley" claims this bomber was on a solo top secret mission to bomb Pagan Airfield. During 1998, Moore traveled to Alamagan Island and reportedly found
a seat, several radios, a Browning M-2 50-caliber machine gun and a Gibson Girl were found underwater in the lagoon. According to this webpage, the weapon serial numbers were illegible, but six of the eight serial numbers off the radios were legible. So too were those on one of the engines.
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January 5, 2018