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  LB-30 Liberator Serial Number AL589  
7th AF
5th BG
31st BS

Command Pilot  Major General Clarence L. Tinker, O-003282 (MIA / KIA) OK
Pilot  Major Raymond P. Salzarulo, O-022334 (MIA / KIA) IN
Co-Pilot  Major Coleman Hinton, O-022597 (MIA / KIA) NC
Navigator  1st Lt. Gilmer H. Holton Jr., O-420873 (MIA / KIA)
Navigator  2nd Lt. Walter E. Gurley, O-427642 (MIA / KIA) NC
Crew  MSgt Franz Moeller, 6747015 (MIA / KIA) Germany
Engineer  TSgt James H. Turk, Jr., 6254704 (MIA / KIA) Uvalde, TX
Radio  Sgt Thomas E. Ross, 6981919 (MIA / KIA) NY
Bombardier  Sgt Aaron D. Shank, 6999169 (MIA / KIA) Allegany County, MD
Crew  Sgt George D. Scheid, 6581401 (MIA / KIA) UT
Crew  Sgt William J. Wagner, 6981060
MIA  June 7, 1942
MACR  600 / 800

General Tinker
Clarence L. Tinker was promoted to Brigadier General In May 1940. After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, he was appointed Commander of the Air Forces in Hawaii to reorganize the air defenses of the islands. During early December 1941, he hitched a ride as a passenger on a B-17 on December 17, 1941 (reportedly B-17E 41-2446) from Hamilton Field to Hickam Field. In January 1942 he was promoted to Major General and became commander of the 7th Air Force.

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated for the RAF. Instead, requisitioned by the USAAF. Assigned to the 7th Air Force, 5th Bombardment Group, 31st Bombardment Squadron.

Mission History
On June 7, 1942 one of five Liberators that took off from Midway Airfield on a bombing mission against the retreating Japanese Fleet after the Battle of Midway. Only four took off in the predawn darkness under radio silence led by Major General Clarence L. Tinker piloting this bomber along with LB-30 AL611, LB-30 AL617 and LB-30 AL626.

Returning from the mission, this bomber lagged, lost altitude and disappeared into clouds approximately 25 miles southwest of Midway Atoll and it was believed it spun into the sea and crashed. When this bomber failed to return it was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Afterwards, searches to locate this bomber were conducted for two weeks, but no trace of the bomber or any of the crew was found.

The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. The entire crew is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Honolulu Cemetery (Punchbowl). Tinker, Turk and Wagner on panel 5. Salzarulo, Hinton, Holton Gurley, Moeller, Ross, Shank and Scheid on panel 7.

Salzarulo also has a memorial marker at Arlington National Cemetery at Memorial Section H Site 81.
Holton also has a memorial marker at Elmwood Cemetery in Charlotte, NC.
Gurley also has a memorial marker at Mimosa Cemetery in Davidson, NC.
Shank also has a memorial marker at Zion Mennonite Church Cemetery in Broadway, VA.
Scheid also has a memorial marker at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Salt Lake City, UT at plot R-64.

Afterwards, General Tinker was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and Purple Heart, posthumously. The rest of the crew were awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart, posthumously. On October 14, 1942 the Oklahoma City Air Depot was named Tinker Field in his honor, later Tinker Air Force Base (Tinker AFB).

Missing Air Crew Report 600 (MACR 600) was created retroactively
Missing Air Crew Report 800 (MACR 800) was created retroactively
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Clarence L. Tinker
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Raymond P. Salzarulo
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Coleman Hinton
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Gilmer H. Holton Jr.

American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Walter E. Gurley
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Franz Moeller
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - James H. Turk, Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Thomas E. Ross
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Aaron D. Shank
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - George D. Scheid
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - William J. Wagner
FindAGrave - MajGen Clarence Leonard Tinker (photos, courts of the missing)
FindAGrave - Maj Raymond P Salzarulo (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Raymond P Salzarulo (memorial marker Arlington)
FindAGrave - Maj Coleman Hinton (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 1LT Gilmer H Holton, Jr (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Lieut Gilmer H Holton, Jr (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - 2LT Walter E Gurley (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Lieut Walter E. Gurley (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - MMS Franz Moeller (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - TSgt James Humphries Turk, Jr (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Thomas E Ross (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Aaron D Shank (photos, courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Aaron David Shank (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt George D Scheid (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - George David Scheid (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt William J Wagner (courts of the missing photo)
Liberator II for the RAF/LB-30 - AL589
Osage General by James L Crowder Chapter 11, pages 328-346

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September 23, 2018


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