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

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

Crashed  August 1, 1944

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 Geboken Island in McCluer Gulf off New Guinea. There were no survivors from the crash.

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

Warpath Across The Pacific page 370, 175-176, 383

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August 7, 2015


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