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MishapsMISHAPs: 03 JAN 44 A/C: PB4Y-1 PB4Y-1 Location: CenPac Strike: Yes BUNO: 32141 Cause: Combat Mission During night landing struck parked P-40s. Tore off outer wing panel of port wing, damaged #1 engine and tail assembly. Plane scratched, reduced to spares. No inj. Contributed by Terry pb4y-2@sbcglobal.net [29AUG2001]


MishapsMISHAPs: 13 JAN 44 A/C: PB4Y-1 PB4Y-1 Location: Unknown Strike: Yes BUNO: Unknown Cause: Unknown Lost: Lieutenant Samuel E. Coleman, Lieutenant (jg) Leroy A. Shreiner, Ensign Leslie E. Fontaine, Louis E. Sandidge Jr., AMM1c, Sterling T. Brown, AMM2c, James T. Heasley, AOM2c, Truman Steele, AOM2c, Harry F. Donovan, ARM2c, Daniel J. Dujak, ARM2c and Lou C. Petrick, S1c. John E. Tusha, S1c WebSite: Roll of Honor http://alanc.carey.freeservers.com/photo.html [08SEP2011]

UPDATE "...My Uncle's brother, LT(jg) Leroy A. Shreiner, was lost at sea while serving with VPB-109. He was flying with LT Samuel E. Coleman crew when lost. I would love to find anyone who may have information about Leroy or his crew..." Contributed by Tammy Grubb tgrubb@washingtonea.org [08SEP2011]


MishapsMISHAPs: 21 JUL 44 A/C: PB4Y-1 PB4Y-1 Location: Eniwetok Strike: Yes BUNO: 32121 Cause: Crashed on take-off; No inj. Contributed by Terry pb4y-2@sbcglobal.net [28SEP2001]

UPDATE PB4Y ThumbnailCameraVPB-109 Mishap "...Commander Norman "Bus" Miller..." Contributed by John Lucas JohnLucas@netzero.com [29JAN2005]


MishapsMISHAPs: 29 JUL 44 A/C: PB4Y-1 PB4Y-1 Location: Eniwetok Strike: Yes BUNO: 39766 Cause: Reconnaissance. Pilot aborted take-off due to darkness, load and rolling runway and cut throttles, pilot thought he was still on mat, but actually was airborne. With a 30-deg cross-wind plane drifted to left and crashed into carrier planes parked adjacent to runway. plane hit the first rows of parked airplanes carrying away tips of the folded wings, and canopies and crashing into parking area fifty yards past end of runway. The plane burned, with fire spreading to other parked aircraft, low order detonation of nine 500lb bombs was instrumental in extending sphere of damage to include the loss or damage of 106 aircraft. "Strike" Crew: Pilot Lt Romone C. Anderson A-V(N) USNR/Killed, Ens T. M. Pettit A-V(N) USNR/Killed, Ens O. B. Tully (died Aug 15th) USNR/Died, Amm1c L. Johnson USN/Seriously inj, Sea1c H. A. Heper USNR/Killed, Rm1c J. W. Chalmers USNR/Killed, Rm3c A.F. Burkhartemeyer USNR/Seriously inj, Aom2c J. D. Rothwell USNR/Killed, Sea1c A. A. van Winkle USNR/Killed, Sea1c E. Petri USNR/Killed, and Aom3c.G.A.E. Hinger USNR/Killed. Contributed by Terry pb4y-2@sbcglobal.net [28SEP2001]


MishapsMISHAPs: 06 AUG 45 A/C: PB4Y-1 PB4Y-1 Location: East of Korea Strike: Yes BUNO: Unknown Cause: Anti-aircraft fire from a Japanese tanker east of Korea and crashed into the ocean two miles away with no survivors found, all presumed killed. WebSite: The George and Eleanor Wack Family http://imps.mcmaster.ca/wackfamily-public/documents/uncle-toms-memoir/ [01OCT2007]

The twelve members of Crew 6, "Bachelor's Delight," shot down on 6 August 1945 by anti-aircraft fire from a Japanese tanker east of Korea and crashed into the ocean two miles away with no survivors found, all presumed killed:

    Henry Baier, Jr., Ensign, USNR, of Seward, Kansas, Copilot-Navigator
    Alexander J. Boyd, ARM 1/c, USNR, of Pueblo,Colorado, AG & Radioman;
    James R. T. Carswell, AFC 2/c, USN, of Baltimore, Maryland, AG & Ordnanceman
    Lawrence R. Conroy, AOM 3/c, USNR, of Cleveland, Ohio, AG & Ordnanceman
    Peter G. Ilaqua, ARM 2/c, USNR, of Syracuse, New York, AG & Radioman
    Frank R. Kramer, AOM 1/c, USNR, of Bingen, Washington, AG & Ordnanceman (had been in Crew 8 of VB-109)
    John D. Keeling, 26, Lieutenant, USNR, of Scott City, Kansas, Patrol Plane Commander (had been PPC of Crew 8 in VB-109)
    William F. Kreier, ARM 1/c, USNR, of Philadelphia, Pennyslvania, AG & Radioman (had been in Crew 8 of VB-109)
    James E. Krieger, AMM 3/c, USNR, of Cincinnati, Ohio, AG & Mechanic
    Keith W. Radcliffe, Ensign, USNR, of Kirkwood, Missouri, Copilot-Navigator
    Melvin M. Rager, AMM 2/c, USNR, of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, AG & Mechanic
    William L. Willocks, Jr., AMM 1/c, USNR, of Schenectady, New York, Plane Captain & Air Gunner


UPDATE "...I was researching my Uncles, AMM2 Melvin M. Rager, service with the USNR. He was listed as unrecovered on August 6,1945. His PB4Y-1, "Bachlor's Delight", was shot down by anti-aircraft fire East of Korea. Your website helped me with my research. Thanks!..." Contributed by Greg Rager sirhickory@verizon.net [04APR2012]

UPDATE "...My grandfather's brother, Henry Baier, Jr., Ensign, USNR, served with VPB-109. His PB4Y was shot down August 6th, 1945 by Anti-aircraft fire from a Japanese tanker east of Korea and crashed into the ocean two miles away with no survivors found, all presumed killed. I am interested in anything anyone might know about him. Thank you very much...Stephanie Nichols steph_nchls@att.net..." [01OCT2007]

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