44-41172         B24

 

On 3 May 1945, a B-24J, # 44-41172, assigned to 10th Air Force, 7th Bomb Group, 436th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Madhaiganj, India, and was part of a flight of bombers on a mission over Moulmein, Burma. The B-24 was last seen at about 1,500’ with one engine not running about 2 miles West of Moulmein, Burma.  The crew were:

 

                                                Pilot                             1stLt J. P. Osborne                  0-768205

                                                Co-Pilot                       2ndLt Oscar R. James              0-774901

                                                Bombardier                  2ndLt John V. Hryhorczuk      0-2065221

                                                Navigator                    2ndLt Victor P. Sokoloff         0-2070163

                                                Engineer                      Sgt Philip D. Bordonaro          42021559

                                                Radio Operator            Sgt Hallie G. Cain Jr.                17162197

                                                Gunner                        Sgt David G. Foulk                  39142102

                                                Gunner                        Sgt Harold J. Merritt                33539212

 

The B-24J was hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire over Moulmein, Burma. It was last seen entering a cloud formation with one engine feathered. No next-of-kin list was in the fold3.com MACR file.

OSBORNE, J. P., First Lieutenant, # 0-768205, USAAF

 

J. P. Osborne was born in 1922 in Oregon. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools to fly the B-24 Liberator and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 3 May 1945, a B-24J, # 44-41172, assigned to 10th Air Force, 7th Bomb Group, 436th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Madhaiganj, India, and was part of a flight of bombers on a mission over Moulmein, Burma. The B-24 was last seen at about 1,500’ with one engine not running about 2 miles West of Moulmein, Burma. The B-24J was hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire over Moulmein, Burma. It was last seen entering a cloud formation with one engine feathered.