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  P-70 Havoc Serial Number 39-790  
5th AF
15th NFG
6th NFS

Pilot  Captain Warren G. Hornaday, O-424954 (MIA / KIA) IN
Observer  F/O Howard M. Krause, T-192009 (MIA / KIA) NE

Crashed  May 7, 1943
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 15th Night Fighter Group, 6th Night Fighter Squadron.

Mission History
On May 7, 1943 took off from Port Moresby. Last seen to dive through a low overcast and failed to pull out, and crashed into the sea, 100 yards off Pyramid Point near the entrance to Bootless Bay. The crew was listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Queen of the Midnight skies:
"The first fatality on Newguinea was that of the detachments C. O. Capt Hornaday and his R/O ; F/O Howard M kreuse shortly after their arrival. Hornaday was flying under the hood in a practise flight. He and an accompaning P-70 flown by John Florence entered a thin layer of clouds. When Florence came out of the clouds hornadays P-70 was nowhere to be seen. It was later learned that an anti-aircraft battery on the coast observed Hornadays plane spin into the sea. Florence recalls: Evidently, he looked out while in the cloud layer and became disorientated."

The crew was declared dead the day of the mission. They are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

Hornaday has a memorial marker at South Mound Cemetery at section B in New Castle, IN.

Hornaday was the Commanding Officer (C. O.) of 6th Night Fighter Squadron.
Some sources incorrectly list this aircraft as a P-61. Other sources list the date of loss as May 8, 1943. Another source lists crew member Krause as returned to duty incorrectly.
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-61 Black Widow [sic] piloted by Hornaday
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Warren G. Hornaday
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Howard M. Krause
FindAGrave - Capt Warren G Hornaday (photo, Manila American Cemetery)
FindAGrave - Capt Warren G. Hornaday (grave photo)

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018


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