26 AUGUST 1942
CRASH OF A B-17 FLYING FORTRESS

AT MAREEBA, QLD

 

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B-17E Flying Fortress

 

USAAF B-17 Flying Fortress "Daylight Limited" #41-2621 of the 19th Bombardment Group, crash landed at Mareeba on 26 August 1942.  It had received a number of hits from Japanese fire during a bombing raid on a Japanese convoy near Milne Bay in New Guinea. The pilot was Captain (later Major) Casper. One of the other crew members was Sergeant Arthur L. Richardson (see below).

 

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"Daylight Limited" after its last mission
Photo supplied by Jane Richardson

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Captain Casper

 


 

Subject:     Crash landings
Date:              Sat, 8 Jul 2000 21:55:44 -0700
From:             "Cleora \"Jane\" Richardson" <
janer@roadrunner.com>

My husband, Sgt. Arthur L. Richardson, was with the 19th Bomb Group in the Philippines and Australia in 1941 and 1942. He flew on 51 bombing missions in the Pacific and walked away from four crash landings. One of them was the "Daylight Limited" with Capt. Casper, in the late summer of 1942. I have photographs of the plane and crew. Sgt. Richardson was one of four most decorated men in the Pacific during this period. He died in 1961 while on active duty at Wakkanai Air Base in Hokkaido, Japan.

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Sgt. Arthur L. Richardson

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Sgt. Arthur L. Richardson

 

Lately, I have been researching and trying to piece together his activities during the war.

I was fortunate to have met many of the men he flew with while they were stationed at Pyote, Texas in 1943 and heard some of their stories, but have since lost all contact.

My son found your web site, which has been quite a thrill for me. Many of the names you mention are very familiar. Please e-mail me back if I can help in any way.

Most sincerely,
Jane Richardson

 


 

Subject:     Crash landings
Date:              Sun, 9 Jul 2000 09:33:37 -0700
From:             "Cleora \"Jane\" Richardson" <
janer@roadrunner.com>

Same to you, Peter,

There seems to be two different crashes and/or forced landings among the pictures I have and I can only be sure of one occurring in Australia. It is the "Daylight Limited" with Capt. (at that time) Casper. I don't have the exact date, but I do know it was in August 1942 and at Mareeba, Queensland. I have about twenty photos of crashes and crews in this same era and locale. There are some shots of Longreach, with a view of the "Commercial Hotel" in the foreground, but these are not of good quality.

Other planes my husband flew in were "Tojo's Jinx" at Cloncurry, Queensland and "Crock o' Crap", no location mentioned. He flew missions with Gen. Emmett "Rosie" O'Donnell, who may not have been a General at that time. He always requested that my husband be part of his crew. Needless to say, he was my husband's favorite pilot.

Also, I have newspaper and magazine clippings--not hard to come by in those days. I feel so sad that soon there will be no one left who remembers the war first hand. Sgt. Richardson went on to make a name for himself. After his death a theater on Wakkanai Air Base was named the "Arthur L. Richardson Memorial Theater". He made many friends among the local people and it has been my desire to go there and meet those who might still be around. I would love to do a web page in honor and memory of my husband but I am not savvy enough computerwise to do so.

On the lighter side, memories of the days after Sgt. Richardson returned home are filled with Australian songs, sayings and funny expressions that are a delight. I think my favorite was 'Dinky Die' sp?.

Thanks so much for your prompt reply!

Sincerely yours,
Jane

 


 

Subject:     Crash landings
Date:              Mon, 10 Jul 2000 19:00:37 -0700
From:             "Cleora \"Jane\" Richardson" <
janer@roadrunner.com>

Hi, Peter,

Thanks for the attachment, I love it! It brings back so many memories. Yes, I do have a scanner and will get busy figuring out what I must do to send some of the pictures to you.

How did you become interested in this project? And have you read "Queens Die Proudly" written by either Wm. L. or Wm. A. White? My husband knew the son of the author, but for some reason or other I never obtained a copy, or if I did it has been lost in the many moves we made over the years. It was about this period in history, ao I have read it. A friend of mine ran across an original signed copy recently in a garage sale. How lucky can you get?

Many thanks for the offer to help with a home page. I will get busy organizing my material.

Most sincerely,
Jane

 


 

Subject:    Longreach
Date:             Tue, 11 Jul 2000 14:44:19 -0700
From:             "Cleora \"Jane\" Richardson" <
janer@roadrunner.com>

Dear Peter,

Here are the two Longreach photos. I warned you they are not too good, so my feelings won't be hurt if you don't use them. Sorry! I think part of the problem was reflection on the airplane window plus, windows are probably pretty dirty on a combat plane.

Best wishes,
Jane

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Longreach

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Longreach

 


 

Subject:     Queens Die Proudly
Date:              Tue, 11 Jul 2000 14:53:08 -0700
From:             "Cleora \"Jane\" Richardson" <
janer@roadrunner.com>

Dear Peter,

The book I mentioned was written early during the war in the South Pacific and is about the B17s. These planes were referred to as "Queens", (you probably knew this). The author mentions the 19th Bomb Group and possibly the Gypsy 93rd. Would you like a copy of the unofficial theme song of the Squadron?

I am glad you could use the picture.Here is another one.

Most sincerely,
Jane

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Casper's crew - August 1942

Back Row: Capt. Casper, Baldwin, Sgt. Arthur L. Richardson, Sgt. Conrad Payne
Front Row:  Pete Schadl, Penwarden, "Bull" Durham

 


 

Subject:     Crash pics
Date:              Wed, 12 Jul 2000 21:34:31 -0700
From:             "Cleora \"Jane\" Richardson" <
janer@roadrunner.com>

Dear Pete,

Great job! You didn't waste any time at all. Do you want more pics of the Daylight Limited crash? I have about a dozen---some close-ups of debris from the wreckage and others of crew members. Here are some examples.

I am not sure of all the people in second picture but I know "Pete" Schadl is in the tire. He was a bit of a clown when I met him later on and that is Capt. Casper with hand on tire and Wallach and Richardson on the wing of the plane. Connolly is behind the tire but I have no idea who the others are. Maybe some one will see themselves here. Wouldn't that be great?

I am so grateful for your interest those very important years in history. Keep up the good work!

Sincerely,
Jane

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Digger George and Casper

 

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Pete Schadl in the tyre, Casper with hand on the tyre, Wallach and Richardson on the wing, Connolly behind the tyre

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Nose of "Daylight Limited"

 


 

Subject:    More crash pics
Date:             Thu, 13 Jul 2000 23:46:17 -0700
From:             "Cleora \"Jane\" Richardson" <
janer@roadrunner.com>

Dear Peter,

Hope you are looking forward to a good week-end. Here are a few more crash pics, all are from the same crash. There are still several more and then I will send more people pictures. Don't let me overdo this now.

Sincerely,
Jane

 

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Bent propellor

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Damage to wing

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More crash debris

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Side gun

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Another hit by the Japs

 


 

Subject:    Enemy fire
Date:             Fri, 14 Jul 2000 10:34:26 -0700
From:             "Cleora \"Jane\" Richardson" <
janer@roadrunner.com>

Dear Peter,

Regarding your question about the damages to the"Daylight Limited", I do believe the plane sustained enemy fire. Sgt. Richardson often talked about a flight that took numerous hits and that the person on the side gun received injuries to the eye, possibly losing it. He (Richardson) would have normally been in that position but had been pulled to act as radio operator. He felt very lucky that he was spared. I notice one of the men (Penwarden) in the group picture I sent earlier wearing an eye-patch.

Perhaps he could fill us in. It would be wonderful if he could be found to verify what really happened. Surely, some of them are still around. I, too, have many questions.

Another interesting story revolves around a flight that led to a second Purple Heart for Sgt. Richardson, and one each to the pilot and enlisted crew. Most people are not aware that sometimes this medal is awarded for valor in action, rather than injuries. I am inserting a copy of the orders regarding this.

Sgt. Richardson had received a previous Purple Heart for injuries sustained in an enemy ground strafing at Mindanao. The wounds he sustained to his legs were not very serious but would account for the picture his buddies painted of him being evacuated on a Dutch freighter in a pair of bloody coveralls with a big cigar in his pocket. This was his worldly goods at the moment. Everything else had been left behind at Clark Field. So many left much, much more; their lives and in one case, a buddy of his left a wife who was a nurse. He was frantic, not knowing what was happening to her. I don't know when, or if, he ever found out. I have been told that only about 15% of the men in his group got out of the Philippines. So many things you wonder about, the questions never stop.

I am enclosing a copy of the orders regarding the Purple Heart incident.

Enough for now.

Most sincerely,
Jane

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Purple Heart Award

 


 

Subject:    more pictures
Date:             Wed, 19 Jul 2000 13:06:17 -0700
From:             "Cleora \"Jane\" Richardson" <
janer@roadrunner.com>

Dear Peter,

One last crash picture, the rest are not very good. The next attachment is of some of the 93rd's crews at Mareeba, probably late summer 1942.

Squadron Commander, Col. Felix Hardison is standing in the back row, far left. Sgt C. O. Jones is also in the back, fifth man from the right.

Then Sgt. Penwarden fourth from right and Sgt. Conrad Payne third from right and next Sgt. M.F. "Dutch" Kelm, and I don't know who the first man is. Sgt. Richardson is first man on the right in the middle row. I am not sure of the rest.

Hope things are going well for you.

Most sincerely.
Jane

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"Daylight Limited"

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93rd Bomb Squadron crews at Mareeba
See Note below

NOTE:- I received an e-mail from Bill Reynolds on 8 July 2004 to advise that the individual kneeling at the far left of the middle row with his eyes closed is his father, William R. Reynolds who was a belly gunner on the Suzy-Q. He was from West Plains, MO near Springfield, USA.

 


 

Subject:     early heroes
Date:              Thu, 20 Jul 2000 08:51:37 -0700
From:             "Cleora \"Jane\" Richardson" <
janer@roadrunner.com>

Dear Pete,

This was picked up by newspapers in the U.S. very early in 1943.

Most sincerely,
Jane

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Sgt. M.F. Kelm ("Dutch"), Lt. Col. F.M.  Hardison ("Susy Q"), Sgt. C.O. Jones, Sgt. Arthur L. Richardson

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Members of the bemedaled 93rd

 


 

Subject:     Fifth Air Force
Date:              Mon, 17 Jul 100 19:08:01 Pacific Daylight Time
From:             "Cleora \"Jane\" Richardson" <
janer@roadrunner.com>

Dear Michael,

Unfortunately, the crash photos have all turned out to be of the "Daylight Limited". Keep following the page Peter is doing for me and you will eventually see them in their entirety. If you see something that interests you let me know and I will get back to you. I do have a scanner, but have not had much experience using it, however I follow instructions pretty well.

I am so grateful to Peter for what he is doing, that I would like for him to see everything first before I consider branching out with my material. Your book sounds great and I would love to obtain a copy. When do you expect to publish it? You must have a wealth of information after thirty years!

I don't know who took my photographs, I would guess it would have to have been a military person and I hope I haven't done anything wrong in bringing them out. I feel it is so important not to forget this era of our history.

Please keep in touch.
Sincerely,
Jane

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Dear Peter,

I am happy to be back on the inter-net after having some problems with my computer.

This picture was used, along with several other war photos, on post cards that were sold to the public in the Spring of 1943. What a thrill it was to walk into the local drug store in Pecos, Texas and see your husband's face there. I bought tons of them and sent them to everyone I knew. I was so proud!

Keep up the good work and I will be back soon.

Most sincerely,
Jane

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"Daylight Limited" and
"Peter", "Bull", Connolly, Wallach, Arthur L. Richardson

 


 

Subject:    Early Heroes
Date:             Fri, 21 Jul 2000 10:52:38 -0700
From:             "Cleora \"Jane\" Richardson" <
janer@roadrunner.com>

Gidday Peter,

It is my pleasure to share the pictures. you are doing a great service in keeping alive an important era in our history. I just hope more people who have stories to share come forward before it is too late. I can't tell you how much it has meant to me, personally, to be able to have these photos posted. If I can be of any use to your work in the future, please ask.

I feel I owe a great deal of gratitude to the Australians who made my husband's stay there in 1943 a pleasurable one, in spite of the doom and gloom of war. I have several V-Mails sent from there during this time affirming this.

Again, thank you so much for the time and space you have allowed me. You are 'fair dinkum' in my book.

Most sincerely,
Jane

 


 

Subject:    V-Mail
Date:             Sat, 22 Jul 2000 16:42:03 -0700
From:             "Cleora \"Jane\" Richardson" <
janer@roadrunner.com>

Dear Peter,

Here I am again, hope you don't get tired of me and my ramblings. I first learned of V-Mail when I received this letter from Australia in 1942 (note its last paragraph). I am not sure when they first came out and I don't remember if we had to buy the forms or not.

Probably not, as all mail to an APO number was free. I don't know when this service ended but the last V-mail letter I saved was dated 1945, so this service was probably discontinued after the war ended. The blanks were 81/2x11, not including the gummed flap and the resulting letter was app. 4x51/2.

Mail was very slow and uncertain back then, so this did speed things up quite a lot.

I was doing my little ' bit' in 1941 and 42, working at Beech Aircraft in Wichita, Kansas as a roving timekeeper in the production plant turning out AT-10s and 11's. Things got pretty hectic at times, but these were vital days and we were frantic to do all we could to help the war effort.

There was the ever present rationing, rolling bandages for the Red Cross, recycling everything from tinfoil to cooking grease. I am sure Australia experienced all this and much more, too. Being so close to a war zone is quite frightening.

My children and I (we had two by then) were on our way to Okinawa in 1950 when the Korean War broke out. When our ship landed at Naha we were told we could turn around and go back home if we wished. Sgt. Richardson had been there almost a year already so we felt fortunate to be with him again and to share this time, so we stayed. There were blackouts every night but I don't think we were ever in too much danger.

Pete, I am not writing this for any purpose other than to reminisce, so bear with me, and don't think that I expect it to be put on the internet.

Some how I feel a great need to talk about something that not too many people think about or even know about. What a blessing computers are!

Most sincerely,
Jane

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Subject:     Thanks!
Date:              Sun, 23 Jul 2000 20:36:51 -0700
From:             "Cleora \"Jane\" Richardson" <
janer@roadrunner.com>

Dear Pete,

Writing to you has been easy, but when I think of the entire world out there, it gets a little scary. Oh, well, what the heck, we can blame it all on a little old lady living with her memories and that wonderful, but intimidating invention, the computer. I feel honored that you asked me to continue my ramblings.

Some of the best times were during those early war years. We knew what was worth fighting for and I don't recall any whining, everyone just did what they had to do. Patriotism was very much in style. I just hope it is still out there somewhere.

Being a military family was an experience I wouldn't have wanted to miss. And I think it was inevitable that I have found your home page. My husband's saga started in the Pacific and ended there twenty years later. Just a short time before he died in 1961, one of his war idols showed up and touched his life again. The circle was completed. See attached clipping.

Most sincerely,
Jane

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Newspaper article

 


 

Subject:   Back again
Date:        Fri, 15 Sep 2000 00:06:24 -0700
From:             "Cleora \"Jane\" Richardson" <
janer@roadrunner.com>

Dear Peter,

I am back! Just wanted to thank you for making it possible for me to get in touch with someone, actually two people, who have supplied me with a wealth of information about the activities of the 19th Bomb Group.

First, my contact with Michael Claringbould was most rewarding and pleasurable. His dedication to giving factual credit to the Fifth AF in his book "The Forgotten Fifth" is remarkable.

My second contact was with Bill Price who had written you re Col. Connally. He has been sending me a day by day diary of the 19th Bomb Group for Dec. 1941 and Jan. and Feb. 1942. There is much more coming. He, also, has information prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor that is of great interest. He has been an inspiration, as have you.

Thank you so much!

Most sincerely,
Jane Richardson

 


 

Subject:    James Connally
Date:             Mon, 04 Sep 100 14:02:59 Pacific Daylight Time
From:             "Cleora \"Jane\" Richardson" <
janer@roadrunner.com>

Hi, Peter,

Thought I should make you aware of this email I just sent to one of your respondants. Hope there has not been any confusion over the two Connallys whose names are so similar.

Most sincerely,
Jane Richardson

 

Dear Mr. Price,

Just read your post to Peter Dunn re Lt.Col. James T. Connally. In case there is any confusion about the James Connally in the photos I have on this web page, http://www.st.net.au/~dunn/26aug42.htm

this man was a Sgt. with the middle initial K., as far as I know he is not related to the ommander.

This period of history is of great interest to me and I am hoping some of the men in these pictures will come forward and clear up some of the my questions.

Best regards,
Jane Richardson

 

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