718th Base Unit
|Pilot 1st Lt. Phillip E. Miller, O-855507 (MIA / KIA) Pendleton, OR
Crew Chief TSgt Matthew F. Neary, 39540319 (MIA / KIA) White Plains, NY
Radio SSgt Troy B. Hewett, 14085851 (MIA / KIA) Miami, FL
Passenger 1st Lt. Fred L. Smith (MIA / KIA) Greensboro, NC
Passenger SSgt Veachel F. Straney, 15068630 (MIA / KIA) Calhoun, KY
Passenger Sgt Charles M. Bosler, 37373769 (MIA / KIA) Kansas City, MS
Passenger Sgt Finn Buer, 12188242 (MIA / KIA) New York, NY
Passenger Sgt Earl H Spredemann, 36258838 (MIA / KIA) West Allis, WS
Crashed September 8, 1945
Several of the crew were assigned to the 68th Airways and Communications Service Group
and 718th Army Air Force Base Unit.
Built by North American. 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.
Took off from Townsville on an administrative flight bound for Biak. 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.
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 Greenwood Cemetery in Ocala, Florida. No grave is listed for Phillip E. Miller in a national cemetery, but he is listed as remains recovered.
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
CILHI Recovery B-25H "Jacnic Snr" AWON Conference 2000
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January 1, 2014