Aircraft lost from VB-105 Squadron based at Dunkeswell in Devon,England
10 SEP 43 A/C: PB4Y-1 Location: St.Eval, UK BoNo: 63925 Cause: Pilot and crew were briefed
by the fighter pilot prior to take-off. Arrangements were made to rendezvous at
4000-ft over Trevose Head, Cornwall, UK. On completion of the
rendezvous the fighter pilot commenced simulated attack runs.Brown commenced
evasive action. The evasive action was of such a violent nature that tempory
loss of control occurred at low altitude, and a full recovery could not be made.
Plane crashed at sea and burned. Crew killed: Pilot Lt(jg) George W. Brown USN,
Lt(jg) Jack Cromwell Siens A-V(N) USNR, Acrm Thomas Anthony Friend USN,
Amm2c James Joseph Conlon USN, Amm2c Lester harry Whiting USNR, Amm3c
Raymond John Keenen USNR, Aom3c Jesse Gilmer Smith USN, and Rm3c Carl
Edmund Griese USNR.
26 February 1944 PB4Y-1 BuNo 63929 (B-4 ) code letter R was shot down by a pair of JU-88's approximately 60 miles south of the Irish with the loss of all hands. During the combat one of the JU-88's was also downed with no survivors.
Crew killed Lt Raymond L. North USNR, Lt John E Goodrich USNR, Ensign Victor D,Harlingue USNR, Crew Harold L Counts USNR, Walter F Brown USNR, Frederrick J Malounek USNR, Lee Van Benschoten USNR, William W Pendleton USNR, Walter Pawlyk USNR F.J. Waldron USNR.
23 OCT 44 A/C: PB4Y-1 BUNO: 63919 Cause: Anti-submarine
patrol. Crew was briefed at 0000 for a 0200 take-off on a operational mission.
Engines were started and then stopped in order to investigate landing light
which would not retract. The flight was cancelled and because of delay and
another mission was assigned. Crew left plane on he taxiway with a guard and
proceeded to briefing room. The pitot tube covers were removed at 0130 and were
not replaced. Dewpoint during that period was 49 and intermittent showers were
prevalent. The crew returned to plane at about 0415, turned up and taxied out to
runway.Engines were tested and turbo-superchargers run up. Observers stated that
operation of engines seemed normal at the time and during initial take-off run.
Plane became airborne after using about 4500-ft of the 6000-ft runway. Plane
reached an altitude of 50-ft on crossing the end of the runway and climbing
steadily to an altitude of about 250 to 300-ft. Torching of one of the starboard
engines was evidenced and soon thereafter the plane commenced a gradual descent.
The left wing slowly dropped and emergency power applied. Observers stated
landing lights were turned on. Plane crashed and exploded at a point 5250' from
point of take-off and 20deg left of the runway direction. Crew killed. Pilot
Lt(jg) John C. Hillman A-V(N) USNR, Lt(jg) Armand E. Trafton A-V(N) USNR, Ens
Edwin Claude Creeger,Jr. A-V(S) USNR, Amm1c Clyde Eugene Rodgers USNR, Amm2c
George Theodore Charland,Jr. USNR, Rm1c William Odell Finch USNR, Rm2c John
Campbell Howatt USNR, Amm3c Leroy Lawrence Wemette USNR, Rm3c Ralph Harry Cole
USN, and Aom3c Brenton Massey, Jr. USNR.
12 NOV 44 PB4Y-1 BUNO: 38798 Operational mission. Since
normally used longest runway was closed for repairs, pilot attempted to take-off
from the next longest runway (4200-ft). During take-off run 2 propeller
governor malfunctioned and pilot aborted take-off, ad running off end of runway
into wet muddy terrain where it slid for approx. fifteen yards and crashed into
a hedgerow. "Strike" Crew ok. Pilot Lt James R. Atwill USNR, Lt Harry J. Dicken
USNR, Amm2c Irwin Blefeld USNR, Rm2c Marcus B. Peterson USNR, Amm2c John P.
Register USNR, and Amm3c Roy E. Curtis USNR.
03 JAN 45 A/C: PB4Y-1 BuNo: 38947 Cause: hit hill 50' from
top, slid 150yds & burned 105deg.6.5mi.from Exeter Airport, England.
Weather;Patches of rain, sleet and snow flurries. The aircraft was returning
from an operational mission and had been diverted to Exeter Airport because of
bad weather at home base. Pilot had made contact with the field lights and asked
for landing instructions. Downwind approach was 90deg. magnetic and was
continued untill six miles from the airport. The runway in use was 270deg. Upon
starting turn to base leg plane, during downwind landing at night, struck a
600-ft hill approximately fifty feet from the top, sliding along for
one-hundred-seventy-five yards, coming to a rest and burned.... Pilot: Lt.
George E. Pantano/Killed, Ens. Walter T. Wilson/Minor inj, Ens. M. W.
Garber/Killed, Aom3c W. J. Antonik/Killed, Ammf3c G. A. Matta/Killed, Sea1c A.
R. Pelath/Killed, Amm3c A. E. Simmons/Killed, Amm1c Joseph C. Juhasz/Minor inj,
Arm3c Clarke R. Willey, Jr. USNR/Minor inj, and Arm3c Dean G. Ludlow/Minor
29 MAR 45 A/C: PB4Y-1 BUNO: 38811 Cause: Training flight
& pilot qualification. During landing approach and at a point ninety to
one-hundred yards short of the runway, the plane settled into a hedgerow.
Immediately before striking the hedgerow the Instructor Lt. Rice applied power.
The power plus the airspeed carried the plane through the hedgerow carrying away
the port main gear which struck the port flap and port vertical stabilizer. The
starboard gear plowed through the hedgerow intact and grounded twice before
aircraft was fully airborne. Pilot made a slow one wheel landing successfully.
"Strike" No injuries to crew: Instructor Lt Eugene J. Rice USNR, Lt(jg) Albert
N. Schwab (qualifying pilot) USNR, Lt(jg) Raymond N. Gauitmet USNR, AMMF1c
Francis X. Leighton USNR, ARM2c Anthony F. Forte USN, and AMMF3c Raymond G.