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  P-70 Havoc Serial Number ?  
USAAF
5th AF
418th NFS

Pilot  2nd Lt Harry Crum, O-746053 (KIA, BR) MO
Gunner  Sgt William J. Weinfurther (MIA / KIA) PA

Crew Chief  Sgt Roy V. Bishop (KIA, BR) SC
Crashed  December 10, 1943
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas to the South West Pacific.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 418th Night Fighter Squadron. No known nickname.

Mission History
On December 10, 1943 took off from Dobodura Airfield on a training mission to against the shipwreck of the Ayutosen Maru  (The Gona Wreck). This P-70 mushed into the sea with one wingtip hitting the sea, causing it to cartwheel and sink.

Recovery of Remains
Several days later, the bodies of Crum and Bishop were recovered.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. After the recovery of remains, two of the crew were transported to the United States for permanent burial. Bishop is buried at First Baptist Church Cemetery in Inman, SC. Crum is buried at Manila American Cemetery at plot A row 13 grave 161. Weinfurther remains Missing In Action (MIA). He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

References
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Harry B. Crum
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - William J. Weinfurther
FindAGrave - Sgt Roy Volney Bishop
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-70 Havoc piloted by Crum

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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