Based on an eye witness report, the following is the official statement regarding the missing crew and aircraft:
"On 30 March 1944, F/O David and crew took off in airplane #42-48752 with formation from Torokina at 0840L for scheduled bombing mission on Truk Islands. Over target formation was intercepted by thirty (30) or forty (40) enemy fighters, which gave a running fight for one hour and fifteen (15) minutes. Other gunners saw tracers going through this airplane. Plane was last seen entering cloud cover at end of fight with interceptors. One message was received from F/O David giving an ETA of 1820L at Green and that his IFF and command were out. On return from target many severe frontal areas were penetrated by formation. F/O David never landed at destination. Area was thoroughly searched, but neither traces of the plane nor crew were sighted."