Co-pilot 1stLt William C. Schrader said: His target was a foundry in Rangoon. Their altitude was 21,000 feet. They left formation about 15 minutes after dropping bombs. The ship exploded and blew him and the pilot (Lt. Goad) out. One waist gunner, the bombardier and the navigator bailed out. The aircraft hit the ground near a village named Paetanau, Burma. SSgt Marshall, SSgt Chiarello and Sgt Peters were in the tail section. The bomb bay door to the tail blew open and the flames from the burning bomb bay gas tank were sucked out through the waist windows. SSgt Sawyer managed to bail out. The other three were trapped in the tail and di not get out. I saw pieces of their clothing two days later and they were undoubtedly burned badly, as there were bits of flesh still on them. The tail section of the ship hit the ground with the tail turret down and there was a large dent in the side of the ship where they had all been thrown together. There was a large amount of blood where the bodies had been. The Burmese said they removed the three bodies and buried them. They found one more, either Witte or Austin, but he was unable to find out where and the Japanese would not let them show him what they took from the bodies.” 1stLt Schrader later added: The Burmese told us two days later after the crash that they buried 4 bodies. They never heard if the fifth was found. The next-of-kin listed were:
1stLt Goad - Mrs Helen K Goad, wife, 1549 6th St, Portsmouth, OH
2ndLt Schrader Mr William Thurman Schrader, father, Jefferson, OH
2ndLt King Mrs Albert King, wife, 409 East Anapa a St, Santa Barbara, CA
2ndLt Gebert Mrs Helen N Gebert, wife, 701 Southwest Eleventh St, Fort Lauderdale, FL
TSgt Witte Mrs Tona F Witte, mother, 1017 S. 28th Ave, Yakian, WA
SSgt Sawyer Mrs Irene P Sawyer, wife, 527 ½ Division St, La Crosse, Wisc.
SSgt Marshall Mrs Catherine Marshall, mother, 6207 Ogontz Ave, Philadelphia, PA
Sgt Peters Mrs Lois Ann Peters, mother, 223 No. Asheret Ave, Albuquerque, NM
SSgt Chiarello Mrs Elizabeth Krouse, mother, 99 ½ Blackroot Ave, Bridgeport, Conn.
TSgt Austin Mrs Hazel B Austin, RFD, Box 158, Springfield, Vermont