PBJ-1 Mitchell bomber of Marine Squadron VMB-413 is hit in the port engine by anti-aircraft fire over Tobera, New Britain 5 May 1944. The aircraft crashed a short time later killing all 6 of the crew.

Caption     PBJ-1 Mitchell bomber of Marine Squadron VMB-413 is hit in the port engine by anti-aircraft fire over Tobera, New Britain 5 May 1944. The aircraft crashed a short time later killing all 6 of the crew. ww2dbase
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Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Marine Corps, courtesy of JW Leggio
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1. Ted Mustard says:
5 May 2024 06:35:31 AM

From "Pacific Wrecks" here is a list of PBJ-1's crew:
Pilot 1st Lt. Glenn Willard Smith "Smitty", O-21855 USMCR (MIA / KIA, BR) Inglewood, CA
Co-Pilot 1st Lt. Ralph Milton Jones Jr., O-25395 USMCR (MIA / KIA, BR) Griffin, GA
Navigator Sgt. John Slingluff Little, 452483 USMCR (MIA / KIA, BR) Norristown, PA
Radio Sgt. George Dewey Herbst, Jr., 489222 USMCR (MIA / KIA, BR) Pottstown, PA
Gunner Cpl. Michael F. Mazepa, 425132 (MIA / KIA, BR) New York, NY
Gunner Cpl. Ferris Robert Gillen, 421734 (MIA / KIA, BR) Muncie, IL
Passenger Cpl Robert S. Bleier, 518565 USMCR HQ Co, 3rd Amphibious Corps (MIA / KIA, BR) New York, NY
RIP
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