via Mark Wilson c1994
|Pilot 2nd Lt John J. Keeter, Jr, O-404019 (KIA, BR) TX
Co-Pilot Capt Glenwood G. Stephenson, O-23128 (KIA, BR) WI
Navigator Lt Eugene T. Tisonyai (KIA, BR)
Bombardier T/Sgt William H. Lancaster, Jr (KIA, BR) Nashville, TN
Engineer S/Sgt James P. English, 7000452 (KIA, BR) TN
Rear Gunner Sgt George C. DeArmond (KIA, BR)
Gunner Sgt Jimmie Dale Morris (KIA, BR) LA
Crashed April 21, 1942
Built by North American in Ingelwood, California, the twenty-second B-25C produced. Delivered to the U. S. Army.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group, 90th Bombardment Squadron on April 6, 1942. No noseart or nickname.
On April 21, 1942 took off on a search mission to locate the Japanese fleet which would later take part in the Battle of the Coral Sea. While returning from the mission in heavy cloud, this B-25 crashed into Mount Bartle Frere in Queensland. All on board were killed in the crash. This aircraft was the first combat loss of the 3rd Bombardment Group.
Recovery of Remains
The mutilated bodies of the crew were buried in temporary graves on Mount Bartle Frere. During early December 1942, Australian Ted Richards, took a pack of mules to the crash site and recovered the remains of the crew who were temporarily buried at Townsville Cemetery on December 14, 1942. Postwar, the remains of the crew were transported to the United States for permanent burial.
The wreck of this aircraft still remains on Mount Bartle Frere.
During 1994, members of the Australian Army, RAAF and civilians visited the site as part of '"Exercise Relic Search", an operation which intended to locate the wreck for the potential future recovery of parts to the Australian War Memorial (AWM).
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission.
Three of the crew members were buried at Honolulu Cemetery (Punchbowl). Keeter at Plot Q Row 0 Grave 625, Stephenson at Plot E Row 0 Grave 841 and English at Plot A Row 0 Grave 544.
Keeter also has a memorial marker at Throckmorton Cemetery in Throckmorton, TX.
Tisonyai is buried at South Lawn Cemetery in Coshocton, OH.
Lancaster is buried at Woodlawn Memorial Park.
DeArmond was buried in 1946 at Ponchatoula Cemetery in Ponchatoula, LA.
Morris was buried at Alexandria National Cemetery in Pineville, LA at plot E grave 52.
Australia @ War - Crash of a B-25 Mitchell on Mount Bartle Frere, Qld
Australian Army Newspaper "Diggers take on mountain of death" by Noel Gilby 1994
FindAGrave - Lieut John Keeter, Jr (memorial photo)
FindAGrave - John J Keeter, Jr (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Capt Glenwood G Stephenson (grave photo)
Eugene T Tisonyai
FindAGrave - William Henry Lancaster, Jr (photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt James P English (grave photos)
FindAGrave - George C DeArmond (photo)
FindAGrave - Jimmie D Morris (grave photo)
Thanks to Mark Wilson and Daniel Leahy for additional information
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September 27, 2017