718th Base Unit
|Pilot 1st Lt. Philip E. Miller, O-855507 718th Army Air Force Base Unit (MIA / KIA) Pendleton, OR
Crew Chief TSgt Matthew F. Neary, 39540319 68th A&C Service Group (MIA / KIA) White Plains, NY
Radio SSgt Troy B. Hewett, 14085851 68th A&C Service Group (MIA / KIA) Miami, FL
Passenger 1st Lt. Fred L. Smith 718th Army Air Force Base Unit (MIA / KIA) Greensboro, NC
Passenger SSgt Veachel F. Straney, 15068630 718th Army Air Force Base Unit (MIA / KIA) Calhoun, KY
Passenger Sgt Charles M. Bosler, 37373769 68th A&C Service Group (MIA / KIA) Kansas City, MS
Passenger Sgt Finn Buer, 12188242 68th A&C Service Group (MIA / KIA) New York, NY
Passenger Sgt Earl H. Spredemann, 36258838 718th Army Air Force Base Unit (MIA / KIA) West Allis, WS
Crashed September 8, 1945
Built by North American. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to the Pacific.
Assigned to the 718th Army Air Force Base Unit. Nicknamed "Jacnic Snr". Other sources list the nickname as "Jacnic Sr.". When lost, engines R-2600-29 serial numbers right 41-277-99 and left 42-769-97. No weapons were installed at the time of the crash.
On September 8, 1945 took off from Townsville on an administrative flight bound for Biak. Aboard were crew were assigned to the 68th Airways and Communications Service Group
and 718th Army Air Force Base Unit. The weather was reported as overcast at 7,000-10,000' with rain and 5/10 cumulous base 1,500' - 20,000' and visibility of 1-3 miles or 10 miles and winds of 15 knots at 220 degrees.
Last reported at 1608 by radio to Pfc Paul H. Hoffman. The C-47 report its position as 4 - 5 degrees south and 136 -137 degrees east.
After it failed to return, Australian Air-Sea Rescue Squadron, AAC and ATC aircraft searched an area of 100 miles on each side of the flight path from Merauke to Biak. In total, search aircraft flew over 200 hours of search time. The search was overseen by Major Richard W. Hahn.
Crash site was discovered at 12,000' at the edge of a cliff near Timkua on Irian Jaya on December 24, 1995. US Army CILHI visited the site and recovered the remains of crew during January 1999.
The entire crew was declared dead the day of the mission. Memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
After the recovery of remains, the remains of the crew were buried in a group burial at Arlington National Cemetery at section 60 site 8137.
Hewett is listed as buried at Arlington National Cemetery and has a memorial marker in Greenwood Cemetery in Ocala, Florida.
Miller has a memorial marker at Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica, CA.
Rachel Phillips / JPAC adds:
"In 1999, CILHI visited the site of MACR 14989, a B-25H type aircraft in Indonesia and not MACR 14666, the C-47 43-16230, which you are inquiring about. Both incidents are resolved."
Thanks to JPAC / Rachel Phillips for additional information
AWON Conference 2000 CILHI Recovery B-25H "Jacnic Snr"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Philip E. Miller
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Matthew F. Neary
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Troy B. Hewett Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Fred L. Smith
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Veachel F. Straney
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Charles M. Bosler
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Finn Buer
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Earl H. Spredemann
Lieut Philip Earl Miller (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - Lieut Philip E. Miller (group burial Arlington)
FindAGrave - 1Lt Philip E Miller (tablets of the missing Manaila)
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August 7, 2015