|Pilot Captain Oscar L. Wertz (KIA, BR) KS
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt Glenn H. Maddox (KIA, BR) Muncie, IN
Navigator 2nd Lt Charles J. Houser (KIA, BR) Montgomery, AL
Gunner SSgt Jack R. Keith (KIA, BR) Hopinsville, KY
Gunner SSgt Walter J. Kennedy (KIA, BR) DC
Ditched July 23, 1943
Built by North American. Delivered to the U. S. Army, serial number unknown.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group, 13th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Calamity Jane". Later transfered to the 90th Bombardment Squadron and nicknamed "M & M".
On July 23, 1943 took off from Horanda Drome, (Dobodura 4) on a mission to bomb and strafe Japanese targets on the north coast of New Guinea. This B-25 crashed into Hanish Harbor near Finschhafen. During an attack against a beached Japanese barge, this B-25 pulled up too late and the right engine hit the barge, breaking the engine off, causing the bomber to crash into a forested area near the beach.
After Allied forces occupied the crash site area, the remains of the crew were recovered.
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. After the recovery or remains, the remains of the crew were transported to the Philippines and United States for permanent burial.
Two of the crew are buried at Manila American Cemetery. Maddox at Plot D Row 6 Grave 10. Kennedy at Plot D Row 16 Grave 184.
Wertz is buried at Wichita Park Cemetery and Mausoleum in Wichita, KS.
Houser is buried at Arlington National Cemetery at section 34, site 4690.
Keith is buried at Nashville National Cemetery at plot: 1, grave 101-A.
Previously, SSgt Jack R. Keith was assigned to the 13th Bombardment Squadron and survived the bailed out of B-25C Mitchell 41-12501 on October 13, 1942.
Missing Air Crew Report 15062 (MACR 15062)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Walter J. Kennedy
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Glenn J. Maddox
FindAGrave - Oscar Leland Wertz (grave photo)
FindAGrave - 2Lt Glenn J Maddox
FindAGrave - Charles J Houser (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Jack R Keith (grave photo)
SSgt Walter J Kennedy
Thanks to Edward Rogers for additional research and analysis
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February 4, 2018