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  B-25C Mitchell Serial Number 41-12966  
10th AF
341st BG
491st BS

Pilot  1st Lt. Victor Smith, O-66??03 (KIA, BR) UT
Co-Pilot  Flt Off. Frank W. Majesky, T-12??61 (KIA, BR)
Bombardier  2nd Lt. Daniel J. O'Connor, O-741?47 (KIA, BR)
Radio Operator  S/Sgt Donald R. Muntzinger, 35504502 (KIA, BR) Pleasant Township, OH
Gunner  S/Sgt Joe A. Aycub, 18015736 (KIA, BR)
Gunner  S/Sgt Stanley A. Ponkul, 35313826
Crashed  October 30, 1943
MACR  1059 and 1085

Aircraft History
Built by North American Aviation. Delivered to the U. S. Army . Ferried overseas to India.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 10th Air Force, 341st Bombardment Group, 491st Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On October 30, 1943 took off from Chakulia Airfield in India. Weather was rain with poor visibility.

Recovery of Remains
Sometime afterwards, the remains of the crew were recovered from the crash site.

The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. After the recovery of remains, the remains of the crew was transported to the United States for permanent burial.

Smith has a memorial marker at Lehi City Cemetery in Lehi, UT at plot 77, 4, 3. This grave is marked as a memorial marker, but no other grave is known for him in another cemetery.

Muntzinger is buried at Redeemer Lutheran Cemetery in Convoy, OH.

The burials of the other crew members are unknown, but presumed to be in private cemeteries in their hometowns in the United States. None of the crew members are listed as Missing In Action (MIA) on American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC), so it is assumed that all have since been recovered.

Missing Aircrew Reports 1059 (MACR 1059)
Missing Aircrew Reports 1085 (MACR 1085)
FindAGrave - Victor Smith (memorial marker)
FindAGrave - Donald R Muntzinger (obituary, grave photo)
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Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this profile

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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