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  B-25D-10 Mitchell Serial Number 41-30240  
USAAF
5th AF
38th BG
71st BS

Pilot  F/O Richard H. Hastings, T-185588 (survived)
Co-Pilot  F/O Clarence F. Miller, T-120164 (MIA / KIA) LaGrange County, IN
Navigator  2nd Lt Albert G. Oliver, O-801386 (survived)
Gunner  Sgt John E. Smith 12164230 (survived)
Radio  Sgt Clarence H. McGinnis, 12034747 (MIA / KIA) NJ

Ditched  November 2, 1943
MACR  1246

Aircraft History
Built by North American. Constructors Number 87-8405. Delivered to the U. S. Army as B-25D-10 Mitchell serial number 41-30240. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field across the Pacific to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 38th Bombardment Group, 71st Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. When lost, engines R-2600-13 serial numbers 41-29350 and 41-21915.

Mission History
On November 2, 1943 took off from 17 Mile Drome (Durand) near Port Moresby on a bombing and strafing mission against Japanese shipping in Simpson Harbor off Rabaul. When this aircraft failed to return the crew was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Over the target, this B-25 was hit by anti-aircraft fire. Seriously damaged this bomber flew as far away before ditching approximately 50 miles northeast of Kiriwina at roughly Lat 7.30 South, Long 151.28 East. During the ditching, two of the crew went down with the B-25 and are Missing In Action (MIA).

Rescue
Roughly 30 minutes later, two of the crew were rescued by a RAAF Catalina and transported back to Port Moresby.

Memorials
The two missing entire crew members were officially declared dead the day of the mission. Both are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

Miller also has memorial markers at Greenlawn Cemetery in Orland, IN and Woodruff Memorial Gardens in Woodruff, IN. Mcginnis is also memorialized on the World War II West Coast Memorial.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-25D-10 Mitchell 41-30240 incorrectly lists 2 crew as POW
71st Bombardment Squadron, Frame 584
Missing Air Crew Report 1246 (MACR 1246)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Clarence F. Miller
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Clarence H. McGinnis
FindAGrave - FltOff Clarence F Miller (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Clarence F Miller (memorial marker photos Greenlawn Cemetery)
FindAGrave - Clarence Franklin Miller (memorial marker photos Greenlawn Cemetery)
FindAGrave - Sgt Clarence H McGinnis (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - 1Lt Clarence H Mcginnis, Jr (World War II West Coast Memorial photos)
The News-Sentinel "Miller missing in action" December 13, 1943
Journal-Gazette January 4, 1944
The News-Sentinel "Clarence F. Miller never came home from World War II" May 29, 2017

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

Tech Info
B-25

Tech Info
Map
Nov 2, 1943

MIA
MIA
5 Missing

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