Col. Ted Faulkner, pilot of 42-6370, was the Commanding Officer of the 468th Bomb Group, per letter from Lt.Col. James V. Edmundson to the wife of Major Arnoldus, who chose to serve as Group Navigator. Major Johnson was serving as Group bombardier and his regular assignment was to Operations, Plans and Training Section of 20th Air Force. All other crewmen were assigned to 468th Bomb Group, 793rd Bomb Squadron.
The entire Bomber Command (20th AF) and units of the British Navy conducted a thorough search of the area for several hundred miles around the wreckage location. The search lasted several days. Nothing was found. An undated letter from Mrs Ktherine D. Miller, mother of Sgt. Miller, states that a search, about 30 hours after the crash, found three life rafts tied together and partially submerged – unhappily empty. The source of the information was the regularly assigned navigator. The legally presumed date of death under the MIA Act is 27 March 1946.
The next-of-kin list was:
Faulkner Mrs Ted S. Faulkner, W, 318 Elm St, Delhart, TX
Eigler Mr Fred W Eigler, F, RFD, Bagley, Iowa
Arnoldus Mrs Dorothy B. Arnoldus, W, 166 Serrano Drv, San Francisco, CA
Johnson Mr John N Johnson, F, Rte 1, Chandler, OK
Peterson Mrs Elizabeth E Peterson, W, 215 Park Ave, Vineland, NJ
Kennedy Mrs Ellen E. Kennedy, W, 95 3rd St, Medford, Mass.
Glibbon Mr Nicholas Glibbon, Rte 1, Box 10, Fruitport, Mich.
Miller Mrs Katherine D. Miller, M, 63 North St, Greenwich, Conn.
Westbrook Mrs Hattie I Westbrook, 1701 W. 18th St, North Little Rock, AR
Gruber Mrs Rose Schwertner, M, Rte 1, Miles, TX
Queen Mrs Mildred K. Queen, 1926 7th Ave. North, Saint Petersburg, FL
Andrew Mrs Dollie J Andrew, 216 W. Washington, Springfield, IL