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B-24J #42-73308
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On 25 Jan 1944, this aircraft departed Kunming, China at 0740 for Chabua, India on a routine ferrying mission. This aircraft was assigned to the 14th Air Force, 308th Bombardment Group, 425th Squadron.

Upon entering the Assam Valley at 1045, the aircraft experienced extreme instrument weather conditions and left the formation it was flying in. Cloud ceiling was at treetop level and visibility was less than 1 mi. Last communication from aircraft stated it was on a NW course at 15,000 ft. The plane did not reach Chabua. It was listed as Missing in Routine Flight. No further information was available as of 20 Nov 1944. Crew declared dead. Dead: 8.

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  • Pilot 1st Lt. William A. Swanson
  • Co-Pilot Flight Officer Sheldon L. Chambers
  • Navigator 1st Lt. Irwin Zaetz
  • Bombardier 1st Lt. Robert E. Oxford
  • Radio Operator SSgt. Harry B. Queen (L.)
  • Radio Operator SSgt. Harry B. Queen (R.)
  • Gunner Sgt. Alfred H. Gerrans, Jr.
  • Flight Engineer SSgt. Charles D. Ginn cleaning barrel of .50 cal. tail gun
  • Family members of B-24J #42-73308 and Clayton (C.)
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