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  B-25D-10 "Lucky Star" Serial Number 41-30183  
USAAF
5th AF
38th BG
405th BS

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38th BG Sept 1943

Pilot  2nd Lt Spencer M. Moore, O-795427 (MIA / KIA) WV
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt Robert B. Reese, O-675002 (MIA / KIA) Colfax, LA
Bomb / Nav  2nd Lt William E. Woodson, O-706554 (MIA / KIA) Mardin, MS
Radio  S/Sgt Charlie H. Moore, 34382796 (MIA / KIA) Columbia SC
Engineer  Sgt Kenneth W. Wallace, 36062345 (MIA / KIA) Ehallyville, IL

Ditched  October 16, 1943 at 11:03 hours
MACR  901

Aircraft History
Built by North American. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 38th Bombardment Group, 405th Bombardment Group. Nicknamed "Lucky Star" with the nose art of a star. When lost, engines R-2600-13 serial numbers 41-30955 and 41-29832. Weapon serial numbers noted on MACR.

Mission History
On October 16, 1943 took off from 17-Mile Drome (Durand) near Port Moresby via Marilinan on a strike mission over Alexishafen. Leaving the target, two "Zeros" (Ki-43 Oscars) made a frontal attack at the formation, damaging this B-25 and causing it to veer up out of formation.

Fellow B-25 piloted by 1st Lt. Richard Slye and 2nd Lt. John J. Shields observed the pilots of the damaged B-25 removing their helmets and releasing the escape hatch in preparation for a crash landing. The cowling of the right motor was missing, and engine smoking. Before ditching into the sea south-east of Madang, both engines were feathered. On impact, the B-25 bounced several feet and remain afloat for about five minutes at roughly 5 15' S, 145 53' E.

Fates of the Crew
One man was observed seen swimming near the right wing. Another squadron of B-25s reported four "Zeros" (Ki-43 Oscars) strafing the area afterwards. It is possible, but improbable that one or more of the crew might have survived to be taken prisoner. None were ever seen again.

Search
Major George B. Marzolf was placed in charge of the search mission. Arrangements were made for PT Boats to search the area of the crash landing, however nothing was reported or found.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead on January 22, 1946. All are memorialized at the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

Moore Dog Tag Found
During the 1980s, Henry Mayer found the dog tag of S/Sgt Charles Moore at 17-Mile Drome (Durand).  It is unclear if his tag was dropped that day prior to the mission or was discarded after his possessions were returned home. During December 2011, the dog tag was returned to the Moore family.

Relatives
Seth H. Moore (grandson of Charles H. Moore)
"My name is Seth H. Moore, grandson of fallen S/Sgt. Charles H. Moore. His wife, my grandmother, is now 91 years young and it would be such a gift to be able to get our hands on Charles dog tags to offer her closure after years of love and wonder. This is true for my father, Charles H. Moore, Jr. who never knew his father, but what a shame. His father would have been very proud of his son for the amazing father and loving soul that he is to his family, friends, and to anyone that is so lucky to come in contact with him. You immediately feel a ease when you are in his presences."

References
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - William E. Woodson
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Kenneth W. Wallace
"Sgt C. M. Moore Listed as Dead by War Dept." February 9, 1946
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-25D Mitchell 41-30183
October 16, 1943 Mission Over Alexishafen
The Augusta Chronicle "Evans man receives dog tag of father who went missing in WWII"

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

Tech Info
B-25

MIA
MIA
5 Missing

Map
5.15
145.53

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