42-73194 MACR 1109
On 14 November 1943 a B-24J, # 42-73194, assigned to 10th Air Force, 7th Bomb Group, 493rd Bomb Squadron, Pandaveswar, India, departed the airfield and joined a formation of other B-24s on a mission to bomb Pokokku, Magway, Burma; west of and very near the Irrawady River. The crew was:
Pilot 1stLt Willis J. McLoughlin 0-726805
Co-Pilot 2ndLt Theodore F. Smith Jr. 0-799485
Navigator 1stLt James E. Rogers 0-700180
Bombardier 1stLt Kenneth E. Kinney 0-727638
Crew Chief TSgt Floyd Funderburg 18084703
Radio Operator SSgt William E. Higgs 16042147
CC Gunner SSgt Uhel F. Whitsell 38059093
RO Gunner SSgt Herman Litz 17035785
Armorer Gunner SSgt Sidney S. Tronic 11021108
“ “ SSgt Howard B. Swope Jr. 13136859
Witnesses to the crash were 1stLt Leland G. Berlette, 0-661915, 2ndLt Glenn F. Stephens, 0-797631, and 1stLt William G. Clark, 0-662023. 1stLt Berlette reported that he saw that 1stLt McLoughlin’s B-24 was hit in one engine. The tail gunner saw 1stLt McLoughlin trying to make a crash landing. His left wing dropped and the B-24 hit nose down, bursting into flame immediately. It disintegrated on impact. No one saw any parachutes or survivors. The next-of-kin listed were:
McLoughlin Virginia McLoughlin, W, 2211 Tenth St., Seattle, WA
Smith Theodore F. Smith, F, 250 Park Terrace, Mobile, Alabama
Rogers William R. Rogers, F, Rte 3, Concord, NC
Frances E.L. Rogers, W, 908 N. Road St., Elizabeth City, NC
Kinney Lovell J. Kinney, F, Rte 5, Governeur, NY
Funderburg John H. Funderburg, F, Wilburton, OK
Higgs Leona Higgs, M, 400 Alleyan St., Plainville, Mich.
Whitsell Wilber R. Whitsell, F, Box 15, Pampa, TX
Litz Emma Litz, M, South St. Paul, Minn.
Tronic Max Tronic, F, 26 Etham St., Worcester, Mass.
Swope Howard B. Swope, F, McConnellsburg, PA