Sgt William Henry Osborne
Eastern District Tokyo Kempei Tai Headquarters
Dustin Crew
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Below the map with the approximate location of the crash site is
a navigation map from the 73rd Bomb Wing Mission report.

Target 357, Musashino Aircraft Plant, is located in the Tokyo area in the upper left hand corner.
Coordinates of the crash site do not appear in the 73rd Bomb Wing report.

Following the navigation chart are two pages from the Special Orders issued at SHAAF in October 1944.

You will see that the names of Lt Col Mueller and Captain Hamilton are crossed out.
Each of these men had positions within the 499th Bomb Group Headquarters.

At the bottom of the page is the Missing Air Crew Report ( MACR ) from Sgt Osborne's IDPF.
This report along with the original report filed by
the 877th Bomb Squadron around 4-5 April 1945 lists nine men in the crew.

On this mission four other B-29s from the 73rd Bomb Wing were lost.
Each of the MACRs lists the 11 crew members.

There is no information concerning why there were only nine men flying in the Dustin Crew.

 

APPROXIMATE LOCATION OF CRASH SITE

source: Google Maps

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PARTIAL NAVIGATION CHART
73RD BOMB WING
MISSION NUMBER 37



source: Jim Bowman
original source: NARA College Park, Maryland

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SPECIAL ORDERS 287
13 OCTOBER 1944
SHAAF
UNIT EQUIPMENT CREWS
LT DUSTIN IS CREW # 11



source: 877th Bomb Squadron Morning Report
NARA St Louis
Roy Wall

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SPECIAL ORDERS 288
13 OCTOBER 1944
SHAAF
UNIT EQUIPMENT CREWS
SGT WILLIAM H OSBORNE IS WITHIN THIS GROUP
COMPRISING CREW NUMBER 21

source: 877th Bomb Squadron Morning Report
NARA St Louis
Roy Wall

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MISSING AIR CREW REPORT 13763
PAGE FROM
SGT OSBORNE'S IDPF
NOTE THAT 9 CREW MEMBERS ARE LISTED
EXHIBIT F


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