Aircraft B-29-26-NA with Serial number 42-63549, Nickname Empire Express, departed from Tinian on a heavy bombardment mission to Usa Airfield, Kyushu, Japan.
Statement of Lt. Harry C. May (APC of Aircraft #520):
Lt. McKillip, leader of “C” flight, 2nd Squadron wat hit by a flighter just after the breakaway from the target, Usa airfield. Approximately 10 feet of his left wing was torn away. The ship rolled to the left and out of my line of vision. My left blister gunner reported no chutes before the ship crashed, on the Island of Kyushu.
Pilot-APC, 1st Lt. James W. McKillip
Pilot, 2nd Lt. John Y. Lambert Jr.
Navigator, 2nd Lt. Norman S. Siegel
Bombardier, 2nd Lt. Harley Hammerman
Flight Engineer, T/Sgt. Edgar L. McElfresh
Radio Operator, S/Sgt. Albert A. Yokubonis
Radar Gunner, S/Sgt. Lewis C. Balser Jr.
CFC Gunner, T/Sgt. Vernon L. Galyardt
LB Gunner, Sgt. Ralph S. Romines
RB Gunner, Sgt. Otto W. Baumgarten
T Gunner, Sgt. William E. Beckman
He is memorialized at the Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii