|Pilot 2nd Lt.
Harold J. Heinbuch, O-789161 (survived) OH
Navigator Lt. Walkur (survived)
Bombardier Lt. Owen (survived)
Engineer Sgt Jack R. Keith (survived)
Gunner Sgt Glenn F. Crawford Jr., 14047825 (survived) GA
Built by North American in Inglewood, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group, 13th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.
13, 1942 one of two B-25s that took off from 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby to attack a Japanese submarine
off Goodenough Island. Over the target, they failed to locate the submarine and instead attacked the secondary target, a Japanese landing party at Waytutu Point. Returning
to Port Moresby in bad weather, the aircraft could not locate its home airfield. Lost, the entire crew bailed out successfully and the
B-25 crashed near Lea Lea.
Fates of the Crew
The entire crew landed unhurt and later returned to duty. Later, Heinbuch and Crawford went Missing In Action (MIA) as pilot and radio aboard B-25D Mitchell 41-29733 on December 31, 1942.
Keith went Missing In Action (MIA) aboard B-25C Mitchell 41-12962 on July 23, 1943.
This B-25 crashed near Lea Lea. The site includes the engines, propellers, machine guns and wreckage. The tail wreckage existed with the serial number digits '501' still visible. Between the 1990s and 2005, most of the wreckage and aluminum was scrapped.
Daniel Leahy visited the site in August 2005:
"Today, all that is left is the crash crater, two engines and
two machine guns at the site."
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-25C Mitchell 13 October 1943
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Harold J. Heinbuch
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Glenn F. Crawford Jr.
FindAGrave - 2Lt Harold J Heinbuch (tablets of the missing photo)
Harold J Heinbuch (memorial marker)
Thanks to Edward Rogers and Daniel Leahy for their assistance with this profile
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February 4, 2018