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2nd Lt. Russell G. Sutphin Crew (A/C 44-40547)
Lost on 26 October 1944

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A B-24J (SN 44-40547), assigned to the 307th Bombardment Group (Heavy), 424th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) of the 13th AAF, and piloted by 2nd Lt. Russell G. Sutphin, was lost on a mission to attack a naval task force in the Sulu Sea (MACR 10845, dated 28OCT44). This mission was part of the attack on the Yamato, part of the enemy Naval Task Force in the Sulu Sea (

B-24J Crew of S/N 44-40547, left APO 719 on 26 October 1944, on a mission to attack an enemy Naval Task Force in the Sulu Sea. The crew (all KIA) consisted of:

    Position Name
    Pilot Sutphin, Russell G. 2nd Lt.
    Co-Pilot Zimmer, Morton (nmi) 2nd Lt
    Navigator Reed, James R. F/O
    Bombardier Miller, Marvin A. F/O
    Engineer Wray, John A. Cpl.
    Radio Prestridge, Durward D.
    Asst Eng. Ruth, Leroy V. SSgt
    Asst Radio Yates, William L. Cpl.
    Gunner Williams, John R.
    Gunner Werenski, Lee

The aircraft was hit by A/A fire during a bombing run, and went into a spin and crashed in the ocean at 1150 hours. The crash site was listed as 10-10N, 122-35E; in the water between Panay and Negros. Three parachutes were seen, but there were no survivors.

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