44-50252 MACR 14433
On 12 May 1945 a B-24M Liberator, # 44-50252, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 373rd Bomb Squadron, on detached duty with 425th Bomb Squadron, Kwanghan, China, on a mission to bomb the Yellow River bridge. It crashed near Kuangwu, Hunan Province, China. Last radio contact was with Hsingching. The crew was:
Pilot 1stLt Ferris D. Caffey 0-1552033
Co-Pilot 2ndLt Claud R. Wood 0-711575
Navigator 2ndLt Charles E. Van Tilburg 0-723211
Radar-Bombardier 2ndLt Eugene S. Majchrzak 0-717816
Radar Operator 2ndLt Franklin G. Henry 0-769124
Crew Chief Sgt Denzil B. Keller 35752810
Radio Operator TSgt Frank H. Kruger 16045826
Gunner Sgt Willard E. Van Der Maaten 37487781
Gunner Sgt Harold A. Williams 33830892
(All enlisted men served as gunners)
The next-of-kin listed were:
Caffey Virginia A. Caffey, W, 1007 W. 29th St., Cheyenne, WY
Wood Norma Wood, W, 920 Washington St., Wenatchee, WA
Van Tilburg Bertha L. Van Tilburg, W, 604 Vine St., Martins Ferry, OH
Majchrzak Audrey E. Majchrzak, W, 5477 Seadman, Dearborn, Mich.
Henry Gloria M. Henry, W, 4029 Chestnut St., Kansas City, MO
Kruger Mabel Kruger, M, 177 E. Broadway, Oxford, Mich.
Williams William A. Williams, F, 212 Belvadere Ave., Reading, PA
Van Der Maaten Andrew F, Vander Maaten, F, Rte 2, Orange City, Iowa
Keller Hattie B. Keller, M, 412 Stealey Ave., Clarksburg, West VA
It was reported first the the remains of the crew were indistinguishable but an extra effort provided the families with separate remains for burial.