|Pilot 1st Lt. Charles F. Dolan, USAAF O-426377 (MIA / KIA) MA
Co-Pilot W/O John Trevor Soundy, RAAF 408059 (MIA / KIA) Hobart, TAS
Crew Maj Sam I. Rubenstein, USAAF O-139760 (MIA / KIA) NY
Crew M/Sgt Shepherd G. Decker, USAAF 6810612 (MIA / KIA) PA
Crew T/Sgt Bryan Krisle, USAAF 6229918 (MIA / KIA) LA
Crew S/Sgt Lawrence M. Giles, USAAF 11014331 (MIA / KIA) ME
Crew Sgt Norman S. Wheeler, USAAF 11029391 (MIA / KIA) ME
Crew S/Sgt Karl R. Kerger, USAAF 16027690 (MIA / KIA) NY
Crew S/Sgt Robert C. Mongrain, USAAF 19019268
(MIA / KIA) MT
MIA January 7, 1943
Built by North American in Inglewood, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia. Intended for use with the Netherlands East Indies Air Force (NEIAF) as N5-129 but this was never taken up and the aircraft instead remained with the U. S. Army.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group, 13th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Lounge Lizard / Not In Stock". This B-25 operated from Charters Towers Airfield and 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby.
On January 7, 1943 took off from Charters Towers on a flight bound for Port Moresby. The aircraft was not heard from after take off and was declared Missing In Action (MIA).
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. The Americans are all listed on the tablets of the missing at the Manila American Cemetery. W/O Soundy is commemorated on the Port Moresby Memorial on panel 9 at Bomana War Cemetery.
Missing Aircrew Report 16393 (MACR 16393)
RAAFDB - Mitchell 41-12483
Australia @ War - Crash of a B-25C Mitchell in the Charters Towers Area
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Charles F. Dolan
CWGC - John Trevor Soundy
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Sam I. Rubenstein
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Shepherd G. Decker
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Bryan Krisle
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Lawrence M. Giles
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Norman S. Wheeler
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Karl R. Kerger
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Robert C. Mongrain
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this profile
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February 4, 2018