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|Pilot 1st Lt. Richard Hurst, O-749477 (MIA / KIA, BR) Staten Island, NY
Co-Pilot 1st Lt. James A. Henderson, O-736209 (MIA / KIA, BR) Gary, IN
Navigator 2nd Lt Aloysius W. Steele, O-706554 (MIA / KIA, BR) Arlington, VA
Radio Pfc John J. Creighton, 32645702 (MIA / KIA, BR) New York, NY
Gunner Sgt Henry Miga, 31286820 (MIA / KIA, BR) Chicopee Falls, MA
Passenger Pfc Schley H. Russell, 34611863 80 SG, 92 SS (MIA / KIA, BR) Pontotoc, MS
Passenger Pfc Byron W. Durham, 34680183 80 SG, 92 SS (MIA / KIA, BR) Cairo, GA
Passenger TSgt Alfred L. Milazzo, 32198661 928 Signal Battalion (MIA / KIA, BR) Brooklyn, NY
Passenger Cpl Gene J. Morris, 18129418 56th Fighter Control Sqn (MIA / KIA, BR) Kansas City, MS
MIA July 1, 1944
Built by North American. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-25D-10 Mitchell serial number 41-30182. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field across the Pacific to Australia.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, at the 4th Air Depot at Garbutt Field near Townsville. Assigned to the 38th Bombardment Group, 71st Bombardment Squadron on July 22, 1943. Piloted successively by Howard Paquin, Cronn and Garton. Crew chiefs were Tobias, then Crabtree.
It is possible the B-25 was nicknamed "King's Cross Katie", but that could also just as easily be three or four other bombers from the 71st Bombardment Squadron at that era as well.
On July 1, 1944 at 9:07am took off from Saidor Airfield piloted by 1st Lt. Richard Hurst on a courier flight bound for Nadzab Airfield. Aboard were four passengers from the 80th Service Group, 92nd Service Squadron, 928th Signal Battalion and 56th Fighter Control Squadron. The weather at the time of take off was good. The last known position was believed to be 65 miles northwest of Lae. When this aircraft failed to arrive it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA). In fact, this B-25 crashed in the Finisterre Range at an elevation of 9,000'.
Postwar, this B-25 crash site was located. Some of the crew were recovered by American Graves Registration Service (AGRS).
This B-25 was rediscovered by Bruce Hoy of the PNG Museum at 9,000' in a canyon in the Finisterre Mountains (Finisterres) near Sawan.
Bruce Hoy adds:
In October 1980, US Army CILHI unsuccessfully searched for this crash site, and was unable to relocate the wreckage.
Afterwards, US Army CILHI visited the site and recovered additional remains, including co-pilot Henderson who was recovered and identified.
After the postwar recovery of remains, a group burial marker was placed at Arlington National Cemetery at section 60 graves 7946-7952. After the additional recovery of remains, individual graves were added at Arlington National Cemetery in section 60 for five of the crew: Henderson at 7946. Creighton at 7947. Durham at 7948. Hurst at 7949. Miga at 7950. Gene at 7951. Steele at 7952.
After the recovery of remains, Russell was buried at
ECRU Cemetery in Ecru, MS.
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