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Bob Piper
Thu Dec 1, 2011 19:13

There is a book by Col. Ed Imparato that tells of the visit to 42-40352 to determine why it crashed near Goroka in New Guinea. It was structural failure in the tail possibly from a shallow high speed dive. Photos in the book clearly illustrate this.

On board was also the famous coastwatcher Leigh "Golden Voice" Vial.
The book is "Into Darkness" by Imparato 1995. Unfortunately Ed changed some of the names in the story - possibly for legal reasons.

Bob Piper.
MARS - Canberra.

  • Henry L. Chovance & 321st B-24D-5-COMatt, Mon Jan 31 01:45
    I am looking for photos and information about the pilot, crew, and even the bomber serial number 42-40352. I saw the post further below and I made a post in there but being so old I doubt I will get... more
    • Czechm — Bob Piper, Thu Dec 1 19:13
      • Re: CzechmMatt, Thu Dec 1 22:26
        Thanks for the reply, I took a look on amazon to see if I could find this book, thankfully I found it. I ended up with a like new signed hardcopy for $20 including s&h. Figured since it has to do... more
    • ChovanecF Scott, Sat Mar 5 01:01
      Henry chovanec's crew is listed on the combat crews on the Jolly rogers 90th bomb group website. A story about his crew is also included in the the book "Legacy of the 90th Bomb Group Frank
    • Photos of pilot Henry L. Chovanec and CzechemTed Heinsohn, Jr. , Mon Feb 21 16:54
      I am the executor of the estate of one of Henry's nephews who just passed away. In going through his effects, I happened just today to find a picture of the Lieutenant standing in front of the B-24... more
      • Yes, I am extremly interested. I didnt even know that flight logs still exsisted pertaining to Chovanec and/or Czechem.
        • Chovanec/Czech'emTed Heinsohn, Jr. , Mon Feb 21 20:51
          I should be more precise. The log is a pilot's log from his training at Hicks Field. Do you want copies of any of the pictures? If so, let me know how and where to send them. Ted
          • Re: Chovanec/Czech'emMatt, Mon Feb 21 23:24
            Sure I would be greatful if you could send a copy of the pictures. I believe if you click on my name it should be blue, it should bring up a email window with my address listed. If not I will post... more
            • PicturesTed Heinsohn, Jr. , Tue Feb 22 09:51
              Matt, I tried your e-mail address and the pictures did not go through. E-mail me at and I will give it another try. Ted
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