Here are the images from last three pages of the MACR that my relative was on board.
Warrant Officer Junior Grade, Dawson Leondus Hutchison
Headquarters, V Air Service Command
He was just one of 14 passagngers on B-17-E 41-2464, which took off at 0641 (6:41am)
with five B-17 crew
P- LTC Walter Piehl Hq5AirSer, Service # 0-230257, Wisconsin
Cmd Eng- SSgt Cortez Beal Hq 5AriSerCmd, Service # 34190024, Tennessee
CP- Maj Alan Attebery Hq 5AirSerCmd, Service # 0-664493, Missouri
RO- SSgt Henry Willis Hq 5AirSerCmd, Service # 34058608, Florida
CC TSgt Edgar Elseman 5AirSerCmd, Service # 17004297, Nebraska
Maj Robert Barnes Hq 5AirSerCmd, Service # 0-900048, Arkansas
Maj V. Henriques Hq 5AirSerCmd, Service # 0-280216, California
Capt Russell Helmer HqSq 58AirSerGrp, Service # 0-393337, Pennsylvania
Capt Fred Lewis Hq5AirSerCmd, Service # 0-925188, California
Capt Paul McKnight 5 AirSerCmd, Service # 1576369, Ohio
Capt Wendell Root Hq 58AirSerGrp, Service # 0-413266, New York
Lt Winton Witmer Hq 58SerGrp, Service # 0-567120, California
Lt John Campbell Hq 58SerGrp, Service # 0-857274, Pennsylvania
Lt Roland Hickey Hq 5AirSerCmd, Service # 2036113, Tennessee
WOJG Dawson Hutchison Hq 5AirSerCmd, Service # W2114954, Mississippi
SSgt August Bachor Hq5AirSerCmd, Service # 32225289, New York
Sgt William Ray Hq 5AirSerCmd, Service # 13107567, Pennsylvania
Cpl Noel Lowe Hq 5AirSerCmd, Service # 34608243, North Carolina
PFC Clyde Hopkins Hq 5AirSerCmd, Service # 34732682, Tennessee
Hq 5AirSerCmd=Headquarters, Fifth Air Force
HqSq 58AirSerGrp= Headquarters Squadron, 58th Air Service Group
Hq 58SerGrp= Headquarters, 58th Air Service Group
Never to be seen again.
Dawson was just one of four from my family to die or go missing durning WW2 ( two KIA & two MIA, one of each catagory serving with British and American forces)
JB Hutchison, His farther (granddad brother) talked with a man in 1950s who was stationed
with Daswon and he said that the B-17 used to ferry had a really bad
history with its engines.
And if they bailed out over the mountains or swamp then they was good as
Doing research over the last two years, I have found archived do*****ents pertaining to Japanese warcrimes in New Guinea 1942-45.
Just three months before 41-2464 went missing the japanese captured a B-25 crew that went down in the Sepik-Ramu river valley, which is the area as noted MARC search area ground search.
All five U.S airmen were executed by the Japanese after being captured, a familiar but true account of many Army Air Force crews captured by the Japanese.
What really happened to the crew and passangers of 41-2464?
1) Engine failure
SSgt Henry Willis, B-17 radio ops should have had time to send out a a mayday before the crew and passengers bailed out?
2) Japanese AAA
-General Hatazo Adachi, moved almost over 60,000 men to assault Aitape on July 10th, just two days before the flight of 41-2464.
Did Adachi also move Anti-aircract gun to the area of Aitape/Tadji before the 10th?
My first thought after reading the MARC and seeing AAA listed as a opson was that SSgt Henry Willis, B-17 radio ops should have had time to report it and or send out a a mayday if hit.
After July 1944 and up until the end of the war the only Japanese units are listed as “Remnants” around Aitape until the end of the war. (scan of map)
3) Hit a mountain due to bad weatherFlight from Nadzab probably proceeded up the Sepik Valley and then over the Alexander Mountains or Torricelli Mountains enroute Tadji?
This wreck is interesting because I possibly know more or less where it is!
1]It was not lost to Japanese action.The Japanese were practically out of PNG at the time of loss.
2] the flight path would have taken the plane along the Markam-Ramu valley, to the Sepik,in the mid reaches, then Tadji. very easy to wind up in mountains on either side of this route. I found a C47 a little south of this route on a tributary of the Sepik two years ago.[Still not recovered or even visited by our heros of the Quartermasters Corps]
3]there are at least 10 twin engine or bigger planes missing along this general route. None have been seriously looked for by anyone
4] villagers ,after 60 years know where most of these MIA planes are
5] I had several reports of a large plane with human remains a little south of this route near a mine site [2 days walk in difficult country] in the Ramu valley.I sent a camera out but it never came back………..I know where to contact people who claim to know where this wreck is It would take about $US 500 to get a few photos of this wreck, and about 6 months time.
6] I think the wreck is a 4 engine bomber, but it could be a B24. Thers a 40% chance its the wreck in Question
Looking at the info above and using a few map servers, I found the general area listed
As you can see from the images above, the plane could have hit the side of a hill??
and givin the heavy jungle and such a report area no wonder it was missed by S&R
Before John Douglas, emails with the great tips above, I talked with a member of 58th Air Service Group, who replaced Lt John Campbell and is living in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Jeff Adams info of flight routes they used when moving from Nadzab to Biak Island on 23-25th of July.
“We used the valley made up of two ranges as a guide until they hit a major river which could be seen clear from high in the air and started a new mountain range near the coast”
Showing Mr Adams a map of PNG he pointed out the only landmark that he could remember which was the Bismark Range and ran his finger over his groups flight path.
But he did state it was the best to his knowledge after 60 odd years
Using Douglas and Adams info.
The large plane getting reported to Douglas seems to be off the flight path a few degrees taking it out of the valley and into hills.
If the wreck with human remains is not 41-2464 then who?
4) Time of loss
0641-1300 (6:41am-1:00pm) giving the plane flight time as under 11min uptil 6hr30min
B-17E maximum speed was 317 mph at 25,000 ft, cruising speed 226 mph, with the maximum ferry range of 3,200 miles.
at 0641, the plane should have gone between 47-50 miles and at 1300 around 1469 miles.
Nadzab-Tadji is about 287 miles and Tadji-Biak 422 miles, total 709 miles.
Tadji is located to the east of Aitape, and west of the Driniumor River it serves as the airport for the province today. During the war, it was a Japanese airfield. Liberated by US Army on April 26, 1944. It became a major Allied air depot for American and Australian forces.
DOB is listed as 7 Dec 1915 and is tomestone reads “WW II, son of Ben & Eva Beal, MIA in B‑17 flight from New Guinea to B. Island.” Dixon Springs Cemetery
My good buddy Patrick Ranfranz, has a site setup at missingaircrew.com
which covers his uncle,T/Sgt John R. McCullough, who was the Assistant Radio Operator on the missing B-24 that went missing over Yap.
Patrick has pics and personal interviews tooken on Yap from a trip in 2005.
Another good bud Justin Taylan, who is the grandson of a Pacific veteran, has a site called http://www.pacificwrecks.com
GREAT site with tons of info and photos.