On 15 April 1944, a flight of B-24J bombers assigned to the 7th Bomb Group, 9th Bomb Sqadron, departed the 10th Air Force base at Pandeveswar, India, on a bombing mission to Port Blair. B-24J, # 42-100243, was in the flight and was last seen at about 1212 hours and crashed from fire from enemy aircraft. The crew was:
Pilot 1stLt Stanley M. Allison 0-672287
Co-Pilot 2ndLt Melburn A. Duby 0-806821
Navigator 2ndLt Charles (NMI) Kaufman 0-683832 (survived)
Bombardier 2ndLt Francis M. Iriarte 0-744199
Engineer TSgt Cecil (NMI) Evans Jr. 14134521
Radio Operator TSgt Kurt W. Mueller 16146125
Gunner SSgt John D. Casey 11107843
“ SSgt John T. Hutchinson 32495670
“ SSgt Walter A. Blanc 32693639
“ Cpl Vernon W. Grout 17001688
Witnesses: SSgt Salvatore (NMI) DiBello, 11047337 and SSgt Herbert B. Page, 34473751. Parachutes were used.
SSgts Page and DiBello reported: The formation was attacked by enemy fighters. The first pass knocked out the # 2 engine of our lead aircraft, flown by 1stLt Allison. It was feathered. The second pass started engine # 1 on fire. The remaining passes concentrated on the crippled B-24J. We were on his right and could see that the right waist gun, tail guns, and the left nose turret gun were not firing. Allison pulled out of formation and descended to about 300 feet. Four parachutes opened, three landed in the water and another in trees on an island. The B-24J lost altitude rapidly and crashed into the sea about 100 yards from shore. Upon water impact, the B-24J exploded and burned, and the fire died out immediately. They could still see the tail of the B-24J protruding from the water.
Allison Mrs Alline M Newson, sister, 61 E. Center St., Mount Gilead, OH
Kaufman Mrs Mildred K Cowan, mother, 16255 Cherrylawn, Detroit, Mich.
Duby Miss Rose Scranton, aunt, 25 Central St., Brattleboro, VT
Iriarte Mrs Leonora Capote, mother, 140 W. 104th St., NY, NY
Evans Mrs Eva H. Evans, mother, Rte 1, Coodlettsville, TN
Blanc Mrs Mary A. Blanc, mother, 189-15 45th Rd., Flushing, NY
Casey Mrs Marie E. Casey, mother, 31 Grant St., Milford, Mass.
Hutchinson Mrs Beatrice Hutchinson, mother, 366 E. 128th St., Bronx, NY
Mueller Mrs Gertrude Mueller, mother, 4333 Dickens Ave., Chicago, IL
Grout Mrs Ruth P. Grout, wife, Broughton, IL