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B-24J "Ole' Tomato" | by D. Sheley
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B-24J "Ole' Tomato"

B-24J-90-CO s/n 42-100291 named "Ole' Tomato" from the 33rd BS, 22nd BG, 5th AF. (Veterans History Project, George Bowman Scott Collection)


This aircraft was shot down by AAA fire on Sept. 1,1944 during the first major raid to the Philippines. It was a mission to bomb the Matina Airstrip near Davao,Mindanao,Philippine Islands. The plane was hit by a phosphorous shell and exploded in mid-air,killing the whole crew.


The crew that day:

Lt. Donald White - pilot

Lt. Alonzo Roundtree Jr. - copilot

Lt. William R. Brown - navigator

T/Sgt. Wayne W. Shaw - engineer

T/Sgt. Arthur K. Miller Jr. - asst. engineer

T/Sgt. John T. Hooks - radio operator

S/Sgt. Chester B. New - gunner

S/Sgt. Raymond Schutrom - gunner

S/Sgt. William C. Steele - gunner

Lt. Nathaniel H. Ball - passenger, he volunteered to go along as an observer even

though he had finished his missions.

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Taken on February 24, 2009