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|Pilot Lt(jg) Aljah W. Wright, Jr., O-114662 "Buck" (POW / MIA, KIA) Dewitt, AK
Crew Ensign Paul J. Malatesta, O-283995 (POW / MIA, KIA) Medford, MA
Crew Ensign Isaac J. Osborn, O-251308 (POW / MIA, KIA) Lavalette, NJ
Crew ARM 3/c Robert W. Henderson, 6333461 (MIA, KIA) Los Angeles, CA
Crew AOM 2/c James Knight, Jr., 6024803 (MIA / KIA) Cookeville, TN (or MD)
Crew AMM 2/c Jack B. Posey, 6327727 (MIA / KIA) Richfield, KS (or CA)
Crew AMM 2/c Lowell I. Snow, 6262833 (MIA / KIA) Kokomo, IN
Crew ACMMA Alfred W. Sommerfeldt, Jr., 3002011 (MIA / KIA) Milwaukee, WI
Crew ACRMA George L. Spear, 4013925 (MIA / KIA) Norfolk, VA (or CA)
MIA January 9, 1944
Henderson and Snow were probably killed on the day of the mission, when the aircraft went down.
Fates of the Crew
Father Joseph Lemarre (also a prisoner at Rabaul) said that Spear, Sommerfeldt, Posey and Wright were in Rabaul. He also said that two of the crew had been killed [in the crash].
RAAF searcher records indicate that seven of the crew (Wright, Malatesta, Osborn, Knight, Spear, Sommerfeldt and Posey) were captured and held prisoner (and died) at Rabaul.
Osborn is listed as died April 12, 1944, executed or died of disease at Rabaul. Jose Holquin and James McMurria saw Osborn escorted out of the camp blindfolded and handcuffed (Holquin said this was on 19 March 1944, McMurria stated it was on 10 March 44).
Japanese records (falsely) claim Malatesta and Knight were aboard Kokai Maru bound for Japan and on February 20, 1944 and Osborn was killed by Allied bombing on 12 March 44.
The fates of the crew are unknown, but probably executed or died of neglect. None survived the war.
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