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  B-25H-1 Mitchell Serial Number 43-4332  
USAAF
5th AF
345th BG
498th BS

Pilot  2nd Lt. John Miller, O-748451 (MIA / KIA) Johnsonburg, NJ
Bomb-Navigator  2nd Lt. Stanley C. Stickler, O-681830 (MIA / KIA) Newark, NJ
Engineer  Sgt Howard W. Johnson, 38443844 (MIA / KIA) Northfield, VT
Radio  SSgt Jack G. Flintom, 34606673 (MIA / KIA) Greensboro, NC
Gunner  Sgt James F. Rodgers, 6295504 (MIA / KIA) San Antonia, TX
Cannoneer  Sgt Harry J. Szalanski, 33430131 (MIA / KIA) East Vandergrift, PA

Crashed  August 1, 1944
MACR  number unknown

Aircraft History
Built by North American. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to the Pacific.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 345th Bombardment Group, 498th Bombardment Squadron on April 11, 1944. No known nose art or nickname. Crew chief Rone.

Mission History
On August 1, 1944 one of four B-25s that took off from Mokmer Airfield on Biak on a mission to search for enemy aircraft in MacCluer Gulf. Over the target, they found a larger lugger and it was attacked with bombs and 75mm cannon fire. While attempting to make a second pass on the sinking lugger, this B-25 struck a coconut tree and crashed into the sea off Kaboe Island (Pulau Yefkabu) in the Radja Ampat Islands. There were no survivors from the crash. The entire crew was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).

MACR number unknown, February 9, 1945:
"c. Place were accident occurred. 130°  30' E, 1° 30' S, on Kaboe Island, NE of Misool Island of the Radja Ampat Group.
e. Details: Six (6) B-25H type airplanes took off from from APO 920 [Mokmer Airfield] on an armed recco for enemy shipping. General weather conditions, visibility, enroute and over target were good. The pilot Lt. J. Miller, was making a sea to land pass on a stationary lugger 75 years off shore. Plane went in too low on target and hit plam tree with the left wing. Outer panel on the left wing flew off. The ship then swerved to the left and hit nose first on Kaboe Island. On impact, the plane was observed by crews of other planes in the formation to burst out in flames, totally destroying it, and eliminating any possibile chance of survivors. Lt. E. L. Cranford, pilot on accompanying airplane, circled the wreck for a few minutes, and reported the plane as totally destroyed with no survivors."

Memorials
The entire crew was declared dead the day of the mission. Memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

References
Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) number unknown, February 9, 1945
American Battle Monuments Commission (AMBC) - John Miller
American Battle Monuments Commission (AMBC) - Stanley C. Stickler
American Battle Monuments Commission (AMBC) - Howard W. Johnson
American Battle Monuments Commission (AMBC) - Jack G. Flintom
American Battle Monuments Commission (AMBC) - James F. Rodgers
American Battle Monuments Commission (AMBC) - Harry J. Szalanski
FindAGrave - 2Lt John Miller (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - 2Lt Stanley C Stickler (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Sgt Howard W Johnson (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SSGT Jack Glenn Flintom (news, tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt James F Rodgers (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Sgt Harry J Szalanski (tablets of the missing photo)
Warpath Across The Pacific page 370, 175-176, 383

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Last Updated
December 8, 2016

 

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