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Old 4th December 2019, 01:37
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42-55287 loss

Hello,
Have been looking at the made for the loss of B-29 42-55287 on the 31st March, 1945.
Three crew were lost.
F/O. Dibenedetto, 2Lt. Linnane and Cpl. Gilmore

Pilots name it seems was Jim B. GIACOMO, who was one of the survivors.
Can anyone give the names of the full 10 crew please ?
So far, from the macr there are Lt. Barrett,M/Sgt. Garrick and Lt. Roesaler.

Further search gives that the a/c serial number as given in the macr ( 42-55287 ) is incorrect as it was a number for an A24 from a cancelled contract. The correct serial number was 42-65287.
The Joe Baugher site has the MACR number as 16208. This is incorrect as that was for an OA-10A 44-33948.
The correct MACR for 42-65287 (42-55287 ) is 16028.

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Old 4th December 2019, 02:08
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Re: 42-55287 loss

Based on what I have, 12 crew.


Jim Giacomo, 2nd Lt., Pilot
James Barrett, 2nd Lt., Co-pilot
Joseph Linnane, 2nd Lt., navigator - KIA
William Langius
Edward Herrick, Master Sgt., Engineer
Donald Snyder
Robert Layton
Richard Fowler
Donald Gerade
David Garrett
Carl Gilmore, Corporal, Tail Gunner - KIA
Henry DiBenedetto, Flight Officer, Radar Operator - KIA
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Old 4th December 2019, 02:13
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Re: 42-55287 loss

Part of the MACR is here: https://www.fold3.com/image/29431869

Aviation Safety Net Accident Report:
http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/98604

Note: the report mentions a crew of 13 but only lists 12 names.

The name that seems to be missing is Lt Roessler, who was a gunnery instructor on the flight. He may not have been a "crew" member but he is mentioned in the MACR pages.

https://346bg.com/memories/puerto_rico.html

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Old 4th December 2019, 03:41
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Re: 42-55287 loss

Yes, a total of 13 is mentioned. Strange that one name was left out.
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Old 4th December 2019, 05:03
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Re: 42-55287 loss

Hello Ed and Rswank,

I have what is in fold3, only 4 pages, (17193; 17194; 17195; 17196).
Many thanks for the details, how do you find them so easily ?
I search for hours and get zero

So a 13 man crew
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