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|Pilot 1st Lt. Collins Orton, O-714741 (rescued)
Co-Pilot F/O John A. Clark, T-62894 (rescued) Lockport, NY
Navigator Captain Roy C. Cunningham, O-728460 (rescued) Berkeley, CA
Asst Navigator 1st Lt. Robert C. Styles, O-708958 (rescued) Bowmont, ND
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Elmer O. Jones, O-769046 (rescued) Peoria, IL
Photographer 2nd Lt. John L. Boyd, O-2076519 (rescued) Tulsa, OK
Photographer Sgt Forrest B. Butler, 19182260 (rescued) Los Angeles, CA
Engineer MSgt Paul E. Fairchild, 15059592 (rescued) Columbia City, IN
Radio SSgt Wiley D. Pringle, 18155921 (rescued)
Gunner SSgt Anthony D. Harris, Jr., 34671045 (resued)
Gunner Sgt John S. Munsell, 15126707 (rescued) Columbus, OH
Gunner SSgt George A. Murphy, 12095098 (MIA / KIA) Patterson, NJ
Armor-Gunner Sgt Morris C. Morgan, 35128696 (MIA / KIA) Georgetown, KY
Crashed August 28, 1945 at 19:07
On May 17, 1945 departed Mather Army Air Field on a flight to Hickam Field. After minor repairs and servicing, departed alone on May 21, 1945 bound for Kwajalein Airfield where the bomber was grounded due to electrical problems and further repaired. On May 25, 1945 departed for Guam to refueled. The next day departed for Clark Field. joining B-32 42-108529 and B-32 42-108532 that had already arrived.
One of three B-32s initially assigned to the 312th Bombardment Group, 386th Bombardment Squadron for combat tests. No known nickname or nose art. When lost, engines Wright 3350-23 serial numbers 41-W-46400, DW-201360, W-462423 and DW-204503. Weapon serial numbers unknown.
This B-32's was scheduled to fly their first combat mission on May 29, 1945 piloted by Col. McElroy armed with nine 1,000 lbs bombs along with B-32 "The Lady is Fresh" 42-108529 and B-32 "Hobo Queen II" 42-108532. Prior to takeoff a faulty generator forced this bomber to aboart the mission.
In the Philippines, this B-32 continued to experienced mechanical problems and was often grounded at Clark Field.
On June 13, 1945 took off on a bombing mission against Koshun Airfield bombing from 12,000'. Over the target, three bombs aboard this aircraft hungup and were salvoed off the southern coast of Formosa instead.
On August 25, 1945 took off from Yontan Airfield with B-32 42-108544 on a photographic mission over Tokyo On the way to the target the two other bombers in the formation B-32 "Hobo Queen II" 42-108532 and B-32 "Harriet's Chariot" 42-108543 aborted the mission due to mechanical problems. Over the target, there was no opposition and both bombers returned safely.
Departing the target area at 14:30 at an altitude of 4,500' this bomber began transfering fuel from the bomb bay tank into the main tanks when the No. 2 engine lost power and was sucessfully feathered.
At 18:45 the No. 4 engine also lost power and was feathered at 3,000'. Spotting a friendly US Navy destroyer, the bomber circled and jettisoned all equipment. At 18:50 the crew radioed they were going to bail out, the last radio messages were at 19:03 when the crew bailed out and left the radio key down to transmit a signal until impact with the sea at 19:07 east of Amami-O-Shima and north of Kikai Jima. Possibly, this was the last American operationally lost on a combat mission during World War II.
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