|Pilot 1st Lt Edward V. Atwell, Jr., O-803745 (MIA / KIA) Wilmington, DE
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt Chester N. Burns O-671634 (MIA / KIA) Oklahoma City, OK
Crew Chief S/Sgt Wilford F. Schappell, 13045713 (MIA / KIA) South Temple, PA
Passenger Captain Randall M. Dorton Jr., O-724154 (MIA / KIA) San Francisco, CA
Passenger Sgt Haynes C. Jump, 15019610 (MIA / KIA) Elizebethtown, KY
Passenger Cpl Dillard Harmon, 34280054 (MIA / KIA) Columbia, TN
Passenger Cpl Paul T. Donahue, 31152185 (MIA / KIA) South Portland, ME
Passenger 1st Lt Robert J. Arndt, O-669840 (MIA / KIA) Hastings, NB
Passenger S/Sgt Samuel F. Carter, 34300380 (MIA / KIA) Fayetteville, NC
Passenger Cpl Norman R. Suhr, 12009668 (MIA / KIA) Rochester, NY
Crashed May 22, 1944
Built by North American as a B-25D-5. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force. Assigned to the 38th Bombardment Group. Modified into a strafer variant (B-25D-1) at the 4th Air Depot at Garbutt Field near Townsville.
Later, assigned to the 417th Bombardment Group, 673rd Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Torrid Tessie The Terror"
and used as a transport with the machine guns removed. When lost engines: R-2600-13 serial numbers 43-24328 and 43-37389.
On May 22, 1944 took off from Nadzab Airfield at 2:25pm on an administrative flight bound for Saidor Airfield. This B-25 failed to arrive and was declared Missing In Action (MIA). In fact, it crashed in the Saruwaged Range between Erap River and Sorop River, north-northwest of Mount Sayapomia at roughly 9,500' elevation.
During May 1959, this crash site was first discovered by natives during May 1959, who reported the site to Lutheran missionaries at Lae, who reported the aircraft to the American authorities.
Recovery of Remains
During June to July 1959 a team from American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) visited the crash site and recovered the remains of the crew.
During 2004, the crash site was revisited by a team JPAC led by Captain Brett Funk with Brian Bennett.
The crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. After the recovery of the remains, they were buried on March 7, 1960 in a group burial at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery at section 81, site 306-307. Carter also has a memorial marker, location unknown. Likely, in a private cemetery in his hometown.
Missing Air Crew Report 6136 (MACR 6136)
U. S. Army AGRS Search & Recovery #1-1959 (Australian New Guinea - WWII Dead) Sept 22, 1959
RAAF Survey of Aircraft Wreckage, Papua New Guinea, page 8
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-25C Mitchell 41-29692
FindAGrave - Edward Victor Atwell, Jr (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Chester N Burns (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Wilford F Schappell (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Randall M Dorton, Jr (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Haynes C Jump (grave photo)
Corp Dillard Harmon (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Paul T Donahue (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Robert J. Arndt (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Samuel F Carter (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - Norman R Suhr (grave photo)
Thanks to Brian Bennett for additional information
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February 8, 2018