On August 5, 1943, Capt. Robert Herry was forced to ditch his B-25, MISS AMERICA, after it was hit in the right engine by antiaircraft fire. All but one survived the crash. They were taken captive by the Japanese and executed 12 days later. Major Williston Cox, C.O. of the 71st Squadron, was on board this flight had been separated from his crew during the imprisonment. He was sent to Rabaul, then a POW camp on Tokyo Bay for the remainder of the war. The camp was liberated on August 29, 1945.