|Death: ||Jul. 24, 1943, At Sea|
Robert Bruce McConnell
Enlistment Date: 19 Dec 1941
Enlistment Place: Portland Oregon
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces
Service # 0-663397
42nd Bomber Squadron, 11th Bomber Group,
Navigator - Aircraft:B-24D
Entered the Service from: Oregon
Missing in Action / Buried at Sea
Awards: Silver Star, Air Medal, Purple Heart
11th Group B-24 crews flying Midway to Wake. The B-24 "Cabin in the Sky" went down July 24, 1943 on a mission from Midway to Wake Island. The flight was pursued by Zeros as they moved off of Wake. One Zero went out of control and passed by this aircraft and collided with the B-24's tail. The left rudder and elevator were knocked off in the collision, and the Liberator fell to crash in the ocean.
From MACR report: 314
7th Air Force, 11th Bomber Grp (H), 42nd Bomb Squadron
Departed: Midway Island
Destination: Midway Island – (updated in ink)Wake
Date: 07/24/43 Time: 1130 GCT
Location: 80 miles from Wake Island
Aircraft: B-24D Serial Number: 42-40676
Ship Number: 676
Eye witness report in another B-24 in the formation: "Ship number 676 was flying number four position in the formation of five ships. We were flying lead ship and immediately after turning off target, we were attacked by approximately twenty-five Zeros. During the course of attack of 676 and for reasons unknown, crashed into the left rudder and vertical stabilizer of 676. 676 then spiraled to the left until it exploded on impact with the water. No personal were seen to leave the ship. Tracers from the waist gun were observed until the ship hit the water."
1st Lt Air Corps
Note: Entered the service from Oregon.
Plot: Courts of the Missing
GPS (lat/lon): 21.3136, -157.84772
Maintained by: Debbie (Tetrault) & Bruc...
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56124839