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  PB4Y-1 "The Schooner" Bureau Number 32069 Nose Number 69

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VB-104 c1943

Commander  Lt(jg) Anton E. Anderson, O-114932 (MIA / KIA) MN
First Pilot
  Lt. Marlin O. Andrews, Jr. O-146151 (MIA / KIA) TX
 Lt James C. Parker, O-146115 (MIA / KIA) TN
Plane Captain  AMM1C Don E. Pate, 2626985 (MIA / KIA)
Engineer  AMM2C Harry W. Pierson, 6600992 (MIA / KIA) MN
Asst Engineer
 ARM1C William B. King, 4057846 (MIA / KIA) VA
Waist Gunner
  AOM3C Edward Brennan Healy, 7245895 (MIA / KIA) Chicago, IL
Radio Operator  AR1C David Solari, 6631000 (MIA / KIA) CA
Bow Gunner  AO1C Melbert M. Weinschenk, 3216989 (MIA / KIA) IA
Ball Turret Gunner  AMM1C Robert F. Flack, 6465328 (MIA / KIA) NY
Tail Gunner  AMM1C John M. Nichols, 6061296 (MIA / KIA) MA
MIA  March 9, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego, California. Assigned to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24D-90-CO Liberator serial number 42-40709. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as PB4Y-1 Liberator bureau number 32069.

Wartime History
Assigned to Bombing Squadron 104 (VB-104). Nicknamed "The Schooner". Nose number 69. Assigned to pilot Lt(jg) Anton E. Anderson leading crew no. 16. On the March 9, 1944 mission, regular crew member bombardier AOM1c R. H. Martin was sick with tonsillitis and did not fly the mission.

Mission History
On March 9, 1944 this PB4Y-1 took off from Munda Airfield on a search mission for PB4Y-1 "Whata-Honey" 32079 lost three days earlier over Kapingamarangi (Greenwich). Although they failed to find the bomber, they radioed they had spotted a vessel and were going to attack. Damaged, a faint radio signal was heard reporting they were going down. When this bomber failed to return the entire crew was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).

The entire crew was officially declared dead on January 16, 1946. All are memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.

Dog Tag Found
When American Shane Elliott visited Munda Airfield in 2009, he came across Graham Sale a local resident, who had in his possession some dog tags, including the dog tag of Edward Brennan Healy, which Mr. Sale said was found in the hills near Munda Airfield. Likely, this dog tag was dropped prior to his loss or otherwise lost in the area. Elliott researched the dog tag, located his son Joel Healy and returned the dog tag to him on May 12, 2010, free of charge.

Joel Healy (son of Edward Healy)

The Buccaneers of Harry Sears pages 254-256
VB-104 Album page 49 crew 16, Anderson
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Anton E. Anderson
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Marlin O. Andrews Jr.

American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - James C. Parker
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Don E. Pate
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Harry W. Pierson

American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - William B. King
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Edward B. Healy
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - David Solari
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Melbert M. Weinschenk
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Robert F. Flack
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John M. Nichols
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Fox5 Atlanta "Son Given Father's Lost WWII Dog Tags" May 25, 2010 story & video clip
AJC "66 years later, missing WWII vet's dogtag returned to son" May 31, 2010
Thanks to Joel Healy, Shane Elliott and Ted Darcy for additional information

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Last Updated
March 6, 2019


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