13th Air Force 5th Bomb Group 394th Bomb Squadron (H)


SMITH, Benjamin B. 1st Lt.

O-777 165

HANN, Nathan 2nd Lt.

O-785 663

GIANORECO, John M. 2nd Lt. O-2 007 598
CALLOWAY, Carl H. T/Sgt. 14 123 889
GRIGGS, Harley C. S/Sgt. 39 918 965
DIAZ, Manuel A. T/Sgt. 39 261 254
ADMAS, Donovan C. S/Sgt. 36 778 227
BERRY, Zane R. S/Sgt. 39 917 037
DUNN, William S/Sgt. 33 614 833

On the 30 April 1945, the 394th Bomb Squadron  took off from Guiuan Air Strip, Samar Island, Philippine Islands, for a combat bombing mission on Davao, Mindanao Island, Philippine Islands.  The flight to, and over the target, was successful.  After they had completed dropping there bombs, they proceeded toward Morotai Island, in the Molucca Islands, where they planned to land.

They were approximately thirty miles from Morotai Island, near Race Island, flying in their usual formation, when two of the airplanes in the formation collided.  B-24M Serial No. 44-41869 and B-24L Serial No. 44-41541.  The collision damaged both planes severely, causing them to crash into the ocean immediately.  There were no survivors on either aircraft, and only one of the bodies was recovered, that of F/O Arthur B. Sobol, T-128 478, after a through search had been made by surface craft and low flying search aircraft.