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  B-25D-10 Mitchell Serial Number 41-30182  
5th AF
38th BG
71st BS

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
MACR  7344

Aircraft History
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.

Wartime History
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.

Mission History
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:
"This aircraft was identified by me from serial number off one of its engines."

In October 1980, US Army CILHI unsuccessfully searched for this crash site, and was unable to relocate the wreckage.

In 1998, Alfred Hagen chartered a Pacific Helicopter chopper and with Richard Leahy re-located the crash site.

Afterwards, US Army CILHI visited the site and recovered additional remains, including co-pilot Henderson who was recovered and identified.

The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.

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.

Durham also has a memorial marker at Pine Forest Baptist Church Cemetery in Climax, GA.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-25D-10 Mitchell 41-30182
"30182 (38th BG) lost Jul 1, 1944. MACR 7344"
Missing Aircrew Crew Report 7344 (MACR 7344) created July 4, 1944
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-25D Mitchell 41-30182
Associated Press "1st Lt. James A. Henderson" October 15, 2003
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Richard Hurst "Remains recovered"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - James A. Henderson "Remains recovered"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Aloysius W. Steele "Remains recovered"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John J. Creighton "Remains recovered"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Henry Miga "Remains recovered"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Schley H. Russell "Remains recovered"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Byron W. Durham "Remains recovered"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Alfred L. Milazzo "Remains recovered"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Gene J. Morris "Remains recovered"
FindAGrave - Richard Hurst (individual grave photo)
FindAGrave - James A. Henderson (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Aloysius W. Steele (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - PFC John J. Creighton (group burial / individual grave photo)
FindAGrave - PFC Schley H. Russell (tablets of the missing / group burial photo)
FindAGrave - PFC Schley H. "Dan" Russell (grave photo)
FindAGrave - PFC Byron W Durham (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - PFC Byron W. Durham (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Alfred L. Milazzo (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Corp Gene J. Morris (group burial / individual grave photo)
Sun Setters of the Southwest Pacific Area (2011) pages 362, AII-10, AIII-6, ix-6 (Hurst)
Thanks to Richard Leahy and Bruce Hoy for additional information

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Last Updated
August 10, 2019


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