Aircraft B-29 with serial number 44-70132 departed from West Field, Tinian on a combat mission to Osaka, Japan.
Statement of Lt. Nick J. Soulis, Co-Pilot of A/C 662
A/C No. 44-70132, piloted by Lt. Seymoure was flying in number three position of Lt. Lacy´s formation. A/C 132 was hit by flak one minute before bombs away at 0321Z, altitude 19,450 – Plane immediately broke in two pieces. No one seen from front end of plane – three men seen to clear plane from rear – one chute opened, man looked O.K. – second man completely relaxed, had chute on, not seen to open – third man had knees doubled up and arms at thrust, no chute opened. Both parts of plane were seen to land in Osaka Bay Area.
Pilot, 1st Lt Robert Y. Seymoure
Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt James R. Price
Navigator, 1st Lt Wendell D. Copeland
Bombardier, 1st Lt Willard L. Hinzman
Engineer, 1st Lt Walter L. Wilson
Radar Operator, Cpl George M. LeCroy
Radio Operator, Cpl Kenneth L. Harris
Top Turret Gunner, Cpl Arthur R. MacBeth
Right Gunner, Cpl Lawrence L. Lattizori
Left Gunner, Cpl Adrian H. Wissman
Tail Gunner, Cpl Philip Sagona