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Old 24-04-2003, 12:21 AM
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B-17E Serial Number 41-2635

Aerothentic President Mihcael John Claringbould has done it again. He has positively identified an aircraft wreck in the Alotau district of Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea as being a Flying Fortress

For complete details on this wreck, including a photograph of the site taken during the recovery, seeAerothentic Publication's MIA Section World Exclusive! Aerothentic President Michael John Claringbould has done it again. He has positively identified an aircraft wreck in the Alotau district of Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea as being a Flying Fortress
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  • 28th BS
    1/LT John S. Handcock
    1/LT James W. Carver
    Sgt Robert H. Burns
    Sgt Edward R. Cipriani
    Sgt Mac S. Groesbeck
    Sgt Raymond A. Maxwell
    Cpl Curtis F. Longenberger
    Cpl. Hiram D. Wilkinson
US records quote the following on this loss:

"The above named personnel, crew members aboard an unknown type airplane failed to return from a night raid against Japanese installations near Faisi Island, Solomon Islands on 1 Nov 1942.

Subject airplane was last seen in the vicinity of Tonolei Harbor, Solomon Islands, held by enemy searchlights and receiving heavy anti-aircraft fire. The aircraft is believed to have been shot down by enemy anti-aircraft fire over Tonolei Harbor, Bougainville, Solomon Islands."

Alotau is a long way from Tonolei, although along the Port Moresby - Tonolei flightpath. It is likely that the aircraft descended too early and flew into the high ridgeline in which it is now embedded.

When the Red Cross workers first found the site in early 1999 they discovered on a piece of wreckage the numbers 12635 written in yellow, with a background of red vertical stripes. One ID tag was found with the following information embossed on them:

JAMES W. CARVER
0-725946 T42 A
MRS.P.S. CARVER
543 FORD STREET
EAGLE PASS, TEX


Many human bones have been found scattered amongst the wreckage. On 2 March 1999 a small contingent of a CILHI Search and Recovery Team investigated this site. Human remains and personal effects were received from local villagers who had visited the site. The aircraft location and a serial number (12635) were verified from photographs taken by the local international red cross workers. CILHI is working on staging a full recovery of the crew from this site.
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Greetings, my name is Raymond Dale Pittman, the nephew of Sgt. Raymond Maxwell who was the gunner on the B-17E Flying Fortress that went MIA on 1 Nov 1942. The wreckage has been located and positive ID made on 6 of the 8 crew members. We were allowed to bring home the human remains that were positivly ID through DNA with my mother, Nadine Maxwell Pittman.

We buried him on 11 Dec 2004.

A joint memorial service will be held on Thursday 28 April 2005 at Arlington National Cemetery and the US Army is flying family members of all 8 crew members for the service.

If you are a relative of one of the crew members, I would love to hear from you.

May God Bless You,
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Aerothentic President Mihcael John Claringbould has done it again. He has positively identified an aircraft wreck in the Alotau district of Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea as being a Flying Fortress

For complete details on this wreck, including a photograph of the site taken during the recovery, seeAerothentic Publication's MIA Section World Exclusive! Aerothentic President Michael John Claringbould has done it again. He has positively identified an aircraft wreck in the Alotau district of Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea as being a Flying Fortress
  • 19th BG
  • 28th BS
    1/LT John S. Handcock
    1/LT James W. Carver
    Sgt Robert H. Burns
    Sgt Edward R. Cipriani
    Sgt Mac S. Groesbeck
    Sgt Raymond A. Maxwell
    Cpl Curtis F. Longenberger
    Cpl. Hiram D. Wilkinson
US records quote the following on this loss:

"The above named personnel, crew members aboard an unknown type airplane failed to return from a night raid against Japanese installations near Faisi Island, Solomon Islands on 1 Nov 1942.

Subject airplane was last seen in the vicinity of Tonolei Harbor, Solomon Islands, held by enemy searchlights and receiving heavy anti-aircraft fire. The aircraft is believed to have been shot down by enemy anti-aircraft fire over Tonolei Harbor, Bougainville, Solomon Islands."

Alotau is a long way from Tonolei, although along the Port Moresby - Tonolei flightpath. It is likely that the aircraft descended too early and flew into the high ridgeline in which it is now embedded.

When the Red Cross workers first found the site in early 1999 they discovered on a piece of wreckage the numbers 12635 written in yellow, with a background of red vertical stripes. One ID tag was found with the following information embossed on them:

JAMES W. CARVER
0-725946 T42 A
MRS.P.S. CARVER
543 FORD STREET
EAGLE PASS, TEX

Many human bones have been found scattered amongst the wreckage. On 2 March 1999 a small contingent of a CILHI Search and Recovery Team investigated this site. Human remains and personal effects were received from local villagers who had visited the site. The aircraft location and a serial number (12635) were verified from photographs taken by the local international red cross workers. CILHI is working on staging a full recovery of the crew from this site.
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