On 7 December 1944, B-29, # 42-6390, “Gallopin’ Goose,” assigned to 20th Air Force, 468th Bomb Group, 794th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Pengshan, China, on a bombing mission of the enemy iron works at Mukden, Manchria. It was last seen at 0210 Zulu over the target. The crew were:
Pilot Capt. Roger E. Parrish Jr. 0-424016
Co-Pilot 1stLt Adrian A. Walters 0-751215
Navigator 1stLt Robert H. Roseland 0-811388
Bombardier 1stLt Patrick E. Collins 0-690371
Engineer F/O Warren M. Barbour T-192916
Radar Sgt Joseph M. Clarke 32429705
Radio SSgt John Lopez 37341146
Senior Gunner SSgt Fred J. MacIsaac 31307563
Left Gunner SSgt Joseph A. Moorhead Jr. 35561375
Right Gunner SSgt Robert J. Turner 35092810
Tail Gunner SSgt Arnold G. Pope 18188996
Enemy fighter collided with B-29, 42-6390, over the target. A number of parachutes were seen as aircraft crashed.
Next-of-kin were listed as:
Parrish Mr Roger E Parrish, F, 415 Neely St, Jackson, TN
Collins Mrs Mary Collins, M, 20 Durham St, Lawrence, Mass.
Roseland Mrs Elizabeth D Roseland, W, 2000 N 13th St, Milwaukee, Wisc.
Walters Mrs Lola J Walters, W, 51 S. 1st, East Rexburg, Idaho
Barbour Mrs Anna Barbour, W, 3500 Sheffield St, Philadelphia, PA
Lopez Bessie Lopez, M, 2554 W 10th St, Denver, CO
MacIsaac Mrs Blanche MacIsaac, M, 1292 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, Mass.
Moorhead Mrs Flora McGill, M, 808 Park Ave, Rockford, IL
Pope Mrs Helen S. Pope, W, 1695 Pierce St, Beaumont, TX
Turner Mrs Esther Kelley, M, 3127 W 10th St, Indianapolis, IN
Clarke Mrs Winifred Clarke, M, 13862 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica, NY
2ndLt Leonard J. O’Dell reported that departure from Liuchow was at about 0745 Z, 30 October 1944. Four B-29s in first flight and five in second. He was on B-29, fourth, in second flight. 40-50 miles east of Luliang. He saw Lt. Policarne, element leader, do a wingover and go down. He straightened his B-29 and climbed through the overcast. After exiting overcast, two B-29s joined him in formation. He believed these were Lt. Newsome and Lt. Lawman. All were running low on fuel and decided to try for Kunming.
They could not get through the overcast and ran out of fuel. The crew bailed out. SSgt. William Wooten, a gunner in another B-29, reported: The enemy fighter came at them and Wooten fired at it at about 400 yards. The fighter’s right engine started smoking and burning.