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  B-29-80-BW "Sharon Linn" Serial Number 44-70116 Tail ®
USAAF
20th AF
6th BG
24th BS

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July 20, 1945

Commander  Captain Gordon P. Jordan, O-412692 (POW, survived) Monroe, LA
Pilot  1st Lt Wails Hawkins, O-825628 (POW, died) Bessemer, AL
Bombardier  1st Lt. Clinton L. Wride, O-666112 (POW, died) Portland, OR
Navigator  2nd Lt. Paul A. Trump, O-2058584 (POW, survived) Kimberton, PA
Flight Engineer  M/Sgt. George E. McGrew, 17014199 (POW, survived) Gillett, AR
Radio  S/Sgt. Walter W. Wiernik, 32380736 (POW, survived) Buffalo, NY
Radio  SSgt Max A. Adams,14098594 (POW, died) Grove Hill, AL
Gunner  S/Sgt. Walter W. Dickerson, 6983802 (POW, survived) Aurora, IL
Right Blister Gunner  S/Sgt. Robert J. Burkle, 35760718 (POW, survived) Wheeling, WV
Left Blister Gunner  Sgt. Robert A. Grant, 16161649 (POW, survived) Jamesville, WI
Tail Gunner  SSgt Florio D. Sparo, 36785815 (POW, died) Chicago, IL

Crashed  July 20, 1945 @ 2:00am
MACR  14786

Aircraft History
Assigned to the 6th Bombardment Group, 24th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Sharon Linn" tail ® fuselage number 3. Engine and weapon serial numbers noted in MACR.

Mission History
On July 19, 1945 took off from North Field on Tinian Island on an aerial mining mission against Niigata Harbor with good weather. Arrived over the target at 7,000' at roughly 2:00am. Shot down by anti-aircraft fire, the entire crew is believed to have bailed out.

Fates of the Crew
All of the crew were taken prisoner by the Japanese. Hawkins, Wride, Adams and Sparo were hung by Japanese civilians. The other members of the crew Jordan, Trump, McGrew, Wiernik, Dickerson, Burkle and Grant were taken to

At the end of the war, Jordon and Dickerson were liberated from Omori Camp near Tokyo. Burkle was liberated from Tokyo POW Camp (Shinjuku).

Memorials
The dead crew members were recovered postwar. Wride is buried at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at section C-22 site 12781. Adams is buried at Arlington National Cemetery at section 12, site 7185. Hawkins grave details unknown, but presumed to be in a private cemetery.

References
Field of Spears by Gregory Hadley details this aircraft and the crew
NARA World War II Prisoner of War Data File - Jordan
NARA World War II Prisoner of War Data File - Dickerson
NARA World War II Prisoner of War Data File - Burkle
NARA World War II Prisoner of War Data File - Grant
The 13th Mission by Robert Martindale
FindAGrave - Clinton Wride (grave photo)
Accused American War Criminal includes accounts by Trump and Dickerson, with Dickerson reporting that Adams, Hawkins, Sparo, and Wride were hung by Japanese civilians.
The 6th Bomb Group - #3 Sharon Linn
The 6th Bomb Group - Crew #2406 Cpt. Gordon P. Jordan

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February 4, 2018

 

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