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  B-25H-5-NA Mitchell Serial Number 43-4347  
5th AF
345th BG
498th BS

Pilot  Lt. Howell N. Stapelton (survived)
Navigator  Lt. John R. Hurley (survived)
Engineer  George T. Flynn (survived)
Radio  Herbert R. Loeb (survived)
Gunner  James B. Turgen
Force Landed  April 24, 1944
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by North American as model H-1. Delivered to the U. S. Army.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 345th Bombardment Group, 498th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On April 24, 1944 took off from Nadzab Airfield on a mission to attack targets of opportunity between Hansa Bay and Cape Croiselles. Became lost due to bad weather and faulty instruments and force landed near a beach after running out of fuel, roughly 20 miles from Yule Island. None of the crew were injured and all returned to duty.

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August 7, 2015


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