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|Pilot 1st Lt. John Fabale, O-799548 (survived) New Britian, CT
Co-Pilot F/O. Harrison T. Beardsley, T-637737 (survived)
Engineer S/Sgt Robert G Simmons, 33723545 (survived)
Radio Sgt Joe S Lopez, 38121892 (survived)
Passenger Captain Leroy F. Puthoff, O-669107 (survived)
Passenger 1st Lt Robert F Kuechler, O-1108791 (survived)
Passenger 2nd Lt Robert A. Prentice, O-765067 (surived)
Passenger 2nd Lt Robert E. Buchanan , O-76003 (survived)
Passenger S/Sgt William M. Collier, 32385394 (survived)
Passenger Sgt William Kelly, 35035859 (survived)
Force Landed September 11, 1944
In total, this B-25 flew over 100 combat missions. Pilots included Marston, McKenney and Milton N. Harper who completed his tour of duty flying this B-25. When lost, engines: left 42-77543 and right 42-77628. Weapon serial number not available.
During the flight, the pair of B-25 flew at 8,500' until pilot Fabale broke formation in clouds and suffered an engine failure over the upper Keram portion of the Sepik River. Looking for a place to land, Fabale selected what appeared to be a flat field at roughly Lat 4° 40' S Long 144° 21' E approximately fifty miles from Annenberg
The B-25 successfully forced landed into a kunai grass swamp. Aboard, everyone survived unhurt. With the help of native people, the crew was taken to Annenberg where they were flown to Madang and later returned ot base seven days later on September 18.
Today, the wreckage of this B-25 remains in situ, nearly complete in swamp it force landed. Over the years, instruments have been taken by visitors.
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