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  B-25D "Lil De Icer" Serial Number 41-29731  
5th AF
3rd BG
90th BS

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3rd BG c1942

Pilot  1/Lt Robert F. Miller, O-431470 (MIA / KIA) MO
Co-Pilot  1/Lt Francis H. Frey, O-438572 (MIA / KIA) OH
Bombardier  S/Sgt Harvel D. Brown, 6970977 (MIA / KIA) Sabine Parish, LA
Turret Gunner  S/Sgt Robert Small, 11015334 (MIA / KIA) NH
Radio/Gunner  S/Sgt Thomas D. Goodman, 6389947 (MIA / KIA) NC
Passenger  S/Sgt. Oscar H. Biddle, Jr., 6991402 (MIA / KIA) OH

MIA  October 30, 1942
MACR  16429

Aircraft History
Built by North American. Constructors Number 87-7892. Delivered to the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25D Mitchell serial number 41-29731. Flown overseas to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group, 90th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Lil De Icer" below with a small "Varga" style girl laying on a cloud painted on the side of the nose.

Mission History
On October 30, 1942 took off from 17-Mile Drome near Port Moresby piloted by Miller on an armed reconnaissance flight to Gasmata, Lae, Buna and Hood Point. This bomber failed to return and there were no witnesses to the crash.

Located near Mimia village (Mimai, sic Mimias) in the vicinity of Myola near the Kokoda Gap in the Owen Stanley Mountains.

This crash site was visited by teams from the U.S. Army on at least three occasions:

1) During 1961, while a U.S. Army team was involved in a major search effort in the area of C-47 "The Flying Dutchman" and B-17 on Mt. Obree. During their investigation, this crash site was visited and incorrectly identified as a "B-26 Marauder", despite the fact the wreckage included a three bladed propeller.

2) During March 1988, the crash site was visited by a team from US Army CILHI including Benny Woodard, Tommy Baughman. Sgt Bunch and PNG Museum modern history curator, Bruce Hoy. This site was designated as site #64. The team made a preliminary investigation of the crash site, and located a boot and inside it were the remains of a toe or foot bone. During this visit, the tail serial number digits "12" were found and a hand written #83 by Bruce Hoy.

3) During May 1991 another US Army CILHI team led by Captain Hudson, Sgt Adams, Sgt Torix and Charlie with PNG Museum modern history curator, Bruce Hoy. During this investigation, the impact crater was drained and a skirmish line search was conducted down the slope towards the nearby creek. Afterwards, the site was listed as "closed".

Since 1991, none of the remains recovered have been identified and this case remains open and unresolved.

The crew were officially declared dead on December 20, 1945. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. Brown has a memorial marker at Prewitt's Chapel Cemetery in Hornbeck, LA.

Bruce Hoy Diary 29 March 1988 (visit to B-25 site, finding tail serial "12" and hand written "83")
Bruce Hoy Diary 13-17 May 1991 (finding tail serial digit "3")
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-25C Mitchell 41-29731
FindAGrave - Harvel Dale Brown
Thanks to Bruce Hoy, Brian Bennett, Larry Hickey, and Edward Rogers and for additional information.

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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