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|Commander Lt John M. Arbuckle, 85153 (POW, survived) State College, PA
Crew Lt(jg) Raymond B. Thompson, 129779 (POW / MIA) Seattle, WA
Crew Ensign John F. Ryder, 157076 (POW / MIA) Keene, NH
Crew Ensign Phillip K. Phillis, 251356 (POW, executed 1-17-44) Pointsville, KY
Crew ARM2/c George E. Furman, 5522326 (MIA / KIA 11-23-43) Florence, SC
Crew ARM1/c William S. Hamilton, Jr., 4050885 (POW / MIA) Conneautville, PA
Crew AOM1/c James J. Kirk, 2439049 (POW executed 4-12-44) Philadelphia, PA
Crew AMM2/c Arthur R. Bradbury, Jr., 6141636 (MIA / KIA 11-23-43) OH
Crew AMM2/c Paul M. Mannon, 6603207 (POW / MIA) Oakland, CA
Crew AMM2/c Carl L. Morgan, 2583530 (POW / MIA) Annapolis, MD
Crew AMM1/c Richard Blanchard, 2016689 (MIA / KIA 11-23-43) East Providence, RI
Ditched November 22, 1943
Fates of the Crew
Due to exhaustion, the crew split up. The three men last seen in St. Georges Channel were: Blanchard, Bradbury, and Furman. These men either drown or had an unknown fate.
The next day, Arbuckle, Thompson and another crewmen and encountered a group of dolphins that they mistook for sharks. They managed to reach the shore at 11:00am on November 23 and attempted to locate Australian Coastwatcher on the island, by trekking into the jungle and avoiding paths that might be in use by the Japanese.
Later, they encountered an elderly native man and spoke with him in Pidgin English. He offered to take them to the coastwatcher, but on the same trail encountered a group of Japanese with rifles who took them prisoner.
Meanwhile, the remainder of the crew also made landfall on New Ireland and were also captured by the Japanese and became prisoners.
The crew were transported to Kavieng in two groups and later taken to Rabaul where they were reunited. In total, eight of the original crew were taken prisoner: Arbuckle, Thompson, Hamilton, Kirk, Mannon, Ryder, Phillis, and Morgan. Together, they were held as prisoners by the Japanese 81st Naval Guard Unit.
Seven members of the crew were reportedly put aboard a ship, but they were never heard from again. Possibly, they were executed at Rabaul during late 1943 or early 1944.
On January 17, 1944 Phillip was executed. Postwar, his remains were recovered.
On February 17, 1944 Arbuckle was one of six Allied prisoners transported aboard a G4M1 Betty bomber from Rabaul to Truk, and then onward to Japan. He survived captivity in Japan and was freed on October 8, 1945 from Tokyo POW Camp (Shinjuku).
Phillis was buried at Arlington National Cemetery at section 8, site 5270-A interred on March 5, 1951. Kirk is buried at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) at plot Q, grave 1295.
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