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|Pilot Lt. Walter S. Whitman, Jr., O-106381 USNR (MIA / KIA) Philadelphia, PA
Co-Pilot Lt(jg) John W. "Moose" Hanlon, Jr. O-145441 USN (MIA / KIA) Worcester, MA
Navigator AM2c Donald G. Lewallen, 5636083 USNR (MIA / KIA) Omaha, NB
Engineer AMM2c Clarence C. Fridley, 3775592 USNR (MIA / KIA) Manhattan, MT
Radio AR3c Samuel L. Crown, Jr., 6125394 USNR (MIA / KIA) Columbus, OH
Gunner AO3c James S. Palko, 3292467 USN (MIA / KIA) Superior, WI
Gunner AM2c Jack J. Parlier, 6693889 USNR (MIA / KIA) Decatur, IL
Crashed March 25, 1944
This bomber failed to return and was last seen over Kamchatka. Possibly, hit by anti-aircraft fire over the northern Kurile Islands. The precise cause of the crash remains a mystery. Likely, the crew was looking for an emergency landing area in the Kamchatka area, in hopes of being aided by Soviet forces.
Wreckage In fact, this bomber crashed into the slope of the Mutnovskiy
Volcano on amid
scrub brush. During winters, the aircraft was covered by snow.
In fact, this bomber crashed into the slope of the Mutnovskiy Volcano onKamchatka Peninsula
amid scrub brush. During winters, the aircraft was covered by snow.
geologist was the first to discover the aircraft. historian Ms. Alla Paperno.
During 1962, geologistMikhail Khotin
was the first to discover the aircraft.
historian Ms. Alla Paperno.
During August 7-9, 2000 a US Army CILHI team led by retired US Army Maj. Gen. Roland Lajoie, chairman of the US - Russia Joint Commission on POW/MIAs (USRJC), and Col. Konstantin Golumbovskiy, the USRJC's deputy chairman visited the crash site. The engines shows damage, possibly caused by Japanese anti-aircraft fire. At least one live bomb was still present at the crash site.
During 2002, US Army CILHI, recovered small bone fragments, artifacts and air crew related items assumed to be those of the crew, including a 1943 nickel. The recovered remains were transported to the CILHI Laboratory for mDNA testing against relatives of the crew.
After the recovery of remains, on November 20, 2003 the crew was buried in a group burial at Arlington National Cemetery at section 60 site 8249.
Lewallen has a memorial marker at Valley View Cemetery in Torrington, WY.
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