|Pilot Major Frank C. Parker, Jr., O-21579 38th BG, HQ (MIA / KIA) Bridgeport, PA
Co-Pilot 1st Lt. William M. McFadyen, Jr., O-427635 (MIA / KIA) Raeford, NC
Crew 2nd Lt. William I. Purdom, O-660901 (MIA / KIA) San Antonio, TX
Crew 2nd Lt. John O. L. Turcotte, O-790427 (MIA / KIA) Plattsburg, NY
Crew SSgt Robert L. Upton, 1403885 (MIA / KIA) Atlanta, GA
Crew Cpl Pedro V. Chaffino, 38013229 (MIA / KIA) Vado, NM
Crew Pvt Joseph W. Richardson, 19003686 (MIA / KIA) Ventura, CA
Crashed November 27 1942
Built by North American in Inglewood, California. Constructors Number 87-7860. Delivered to the U.S. Army. Ferried overseas to Australia.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 38th Bombardment Group, 405th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "White Russian". When lost, engine and weapon serial numbers unknown.
On November 27 1942 one of nine B-25s from the 405th Bombardment Squadron and 71st Bombardment Squadron that took off from Port Moresby on a bombing mission against Lae. Over the target, the formation encountered heavy clouds and few of the bombers were able to drop their bombs accurately. Over the target, another crew witnessed a large flash at the position this aircraft was flying. Presumed lost due to bad weather or enemy interception, this bomber failed to return.
During 1950, this bomber was located located at Mount Buang near Mumeng.
Between September 29 to October 10, 1950 the crash site was investigated and remains recovered. The remains of Turcotte and
Upton were identified. Other remains were found and recovered.
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. After the recovery of remains, the entire crew was interred on June 24, 1952 in a group burial at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery at section 85, site 80. McFadyen also has a memorial marker in Raeford Cemetery in Raeford, NC. The marker reads "Lost over the New Guinea port".
Chaffino (brother of Chaffino)
"Pedro V. Chaffino earned a Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for a mission to attack a Japanese convoy off Buna on October 5, 1942 when he served as top turret gunner. Separated from the formation, this B-25 was attacked by ten fighters and Chaffino fired "a steady stream of bullets into one of the enemy aircraft and it burst into flames and crashed." Then, he directed the pilot how to avoid their gunfire and claimed another fighter shot down. During February 1944, his DFC was presented to his brother at Biggs Field."
Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 15723 was created retroactively, circa April 1946
El Paso Herald Post "Corporal Chaffino Honored at Biggs" February 12, 1944
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-25C Mitchell 41-29699
FindAGrave - Frank C Parker, Jr (grave photo)
FindAGrave - William M McFadyen, Jr (grave photo)
FindAGrave - William Munroe McFadyen, Jr. (memorial photo)
FindAGrave - William I Purdom (grave photo)
FindAGrave - John O Turcotte (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Robert L Upton (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Pedro V Chaffino (grave photo, article)
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January 5, 2018