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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 98413
Last updated: 27 November 2021
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Date:16-JUN-1944
Time:night
Type:Silhouette image of generic B29 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing B-29 Superfortress
Owner/operator:468th BGp /793rd BSqn USAAF
Registration: 42-93826
MSN: 7233
Fatalities:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Wutu, Fujian, 200 miles from Chengtu -   China
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:AAF Base A-7, Pengshan, China
Destination airport:AAF Base A-7
Narrative:
Boeing B-29A-5-BN Superfortress 42-93826: Delivered to USAAF 29 February 1944. Departed Smoky Hill AAF, Kansas for the CBI (China-Burma-India Theater of Operations) on 13 April 1944. Assigned to 468th Bomb Group, 793rd Bomb Squadron 3 May 1944.

Destroyed in combat operations when crashed into mountain at Wutu, 200 miles from Chengtu, China 15 June, 1944, while on mission to bomb steel works at Yawata, Kyoto, Japan. (MACR 6601). All 12 crew were KIA and buried by the Chinese. Crew of 42-93826 were:

1st Lt. Robert Mervin Pilchard Airplane Commander KIA
2nd Lt. Rai P. Sturges Co-Pilot KIA
2nd Lt. John T. Roberts Navigator KIA
2nd Lt. Donald R. Mortins Bomb Aimer KIA
2nd Lt. Jack R. Bevan Flight Engineer KIA
2nd Lt. H.B. Meyers Radar Operator KIA
S/Sgt. Delbert L. Grimes Radio Operator KIA
Cpl. Lambert A. Pfeiffer Central Fire Controller KIA
Sgt. Robert P. Sharples Rear Gunner KIA
Sgt. Ralph V. Ferracane Left Gunner KIA
S/Sgt. William F. Quirke Tail Gunner KIA
1st Lt. Henry Escher Observer from XX Bomber Command KIA

The bodies of the crew were returned from the People's Republic of China in 1950 and reburied in Ft. McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, Nebraska.

Sources:

1. http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/db.asp
2. http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1942_5.html
3. http://www.20thaf.org/groups/ac%20data/468th_AC.htm
4. http://aomorikuushuu.jpn.org/B29-42-93826.html [Japanese text]
5. https://www.fold3.com/image/46953389?ann=25118600-924d-11e4-0d21-2a213b5d563a


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
05-Jun-2017 19:29 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
18-Oct-2018 18:32 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
23-Mar-2020 15:50 DG333 Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]

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