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  B-25C Mitchell Serial Number 41-12982  
USAAF
5th AF
3rd BG
90th BS

Pilot  2/Lt Richard O. Yeager, O-790448 (KIA, BR) LA
Co-Pilot  2/Lt Adelino D. Flores, O-791685 (KIA, BR) MA
Navigator  2/Lt Archibald Lindsay, O-790970 (MIA / KIA) NJ
Bombardier  S/Sgt John L. Hill, 12045654 (MIA / KIA) NY
Gunner  S/Sgt Norbert W. Pansier, 36233937 (KIA, BR) WI
Gunner  S/Sgt Alexander J. Baggenstoss, 37094896 (KIA, BR) MN

Crashed  November 16, 1942
MARC  15104

Aircraft History
Built by North American in Inglewood, California. Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group, 90th Bombardment Squadron. No noseart or nickname.

Mission History
On November 16, 1942 took off from Port Moresby on a bombing mission attacking anti-aircraft installations at Buna. Over the target, this B-25 sustained a direct hit into the wing, causing it to catch fire and crashed near the shoreline. None of the B-25s in the formation observed anyone parachute from the stricken bomber. In fact, Lindsay and Hill managed to bail out but their fate is unknown. The rest of the crew died in the crash.

Wreckage
This B-25 crashed into a coconut plantation. After the occupation of Buna, this crash site was investigated and the remains of the four crew who died in the crash were recovered.

Memorials
Lindsay and Hill were officially declared dead on December 10, 1945 and were never located and are listed on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

The other four crew members was officially decleared dead the day of the mission. The four crew members were initially buried at Buna Cemetery. Later, reinterred at Manila American Cemetery. Yeager at Plot D Row 6 Grave 109. Flores Plot D Row 9 Grave 99. Pansier at Plot A Row 6 Grave 150. Baggenstoss at Plot F Row 1 Grave 30.

References
3rd BG History 9085 page 85
CILHI coded this site "PNG #83"
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-25 Mitchell 41-12982
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

Tech Info
B-25

MIA
MIA
2 Missing
Partially Resolved

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