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  C-46D-5-CU Commando Serial Number 42-101046  
USAAF
5th AF
2nd Combat Cargo Group
7th Combat Cargo Squadron

Pilot  2nd Lt. James R. Mathews, O-764058 (MIA / KIA) CA
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. Herbert R. Willson, O-730648 (MIA / KIA) CO
Crew Chief  T/Sgt Edwin B. Barker, 12035512 (MIA / KIA) NY
Radio  Cpl Sanford L. Thames, 13118168 (MIA / KIA) VA
Passenger  1st Lt. Irvin R. Reiter, O-861594 (MIA / KIA) PA
Passenger  M/Sgt Charles E. Altizer, 13016065 (MIA / KIA) VA

MIA  November 24, 1944
MACR  12261

Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss-Wright. Constructor Number 30501. Assigned to the 2nd Combat Cargo Group, 7th Combat Cargo Squadron. When lost, engines: R-2800-51.

Mission History
Took off from Biak Island on a flight to Finschafen Airfield. Last seen over Hollandia at 0900. Last heard from via radio from Hollandia, when it was advised to land due to poor weather. The pilot replied all was clear and that he would proceed, no other contact was established afterwards.

Memorials
Officially declared dead the day of the mission. The entire crew is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

Relatives
Peter E. Barker (nephew of Barker)
"Looking for B24 MIA cousin "Edwin Boque Barker, Jr.," MIA 1944."

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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