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  PB4Y-1 "Jungle Fever" Bureau Number 32012 Nose Number 12
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VB-104

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VB-104 c1943

Commander  Lt(jg) Norwood M. Honey, O-121994 USNR (MIA / KIA) TX
Crew  Ensign Leonard E. Swanson, O-176572 USNR (MIA / KIA) IN
Crew  Ensign Leslie Watt, O-156834 (MIA / KIA) CA
Crew  AMM3c William F. Beard, 2663797 (MIA / KIA) VA
Crew  AMM2c Gerald I. Conover , 2388116 (MIA / KIA) NY
Crew  AMM1c William E. Gwaltney Jr., 2505175 (MIA / KIA) PA
Crew  AOM2c Donald E. Johnson, 6081049 (MIA / KIA) NY
Crew  ARM2c John P. Kvaratius, 6661859 (MIA / KIA) MA
Crew  AMM2c Robert O. Leishman, 3935743 (MIA / KIA) WA
Crew  ARM2c Benjamin E. Snuffer, 3935007 (MIA / KIA) OR

MIA  November 15, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Assigned to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24D-45-CO Liberator serial number 42-40271.

Wartime History
Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as PB4Y-1 Liberator bureau number 32012. Assigned to squadron VB-104. Nicknamed "Jungle Feaver". Squadron number 12 was painted on the nose in black.

Mission History
On November 15, 1943 took off from Carney Field on Guadalcanal on a search mission over enemy territory. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead on January 11, 1946. All are memorialized at the courts of the missing at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl). Honey on court 3.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24D-45-CO Liberator 42-40271
Navy Serial Number Search Results - PB4Y-1 Liberator 32012
VB-104 Album crew 17
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Norwood M. Honey
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Leonard E. Swanson
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Thanks to Jim Sawruk for additional information

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January 5, 2018

 

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