|Pilot 1st Edward A. Murphy, Jr., O-388343 (MIA / KIA) Chicago, IL
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt Edward C. Thayer, O-674961 (MIA / KIA) PA
Gunner SSgt Carl A. Schwab,13030311 (MIA / KIA) PA
Radio SSgt Eugene F. Nordstrom, 37298142 (MIA / KIA) MN
Crashed October 30, 1943
Built by North American. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group, 90th Bombardment Squadron.
When lost, engines R-2600-13 serial numbers 41-29252 and 42-27778. Weapon serial numbers noted in MACR.
On October 30, 1943 took off from Horanda Drome (Dobodura 4) on a search and bombing mission against Vitu Island Group (Witu). While over the eastern side of Garowe Island (Garove) near Ndoll village, this B-25 was hit by anti-aircraft fire in one engine. Damaged, it crash into the sea off Genta Bay on the western side of the island. Last sighted by two crew members aboard another B-25.
John C. Bogoe adds:
"The flight I was flying in was leaving Garove Island and I was watching Lt. Murphy's plane 41-30318 flying on one engine. He was about 100 yards off shore and I saw the airplane pancake into the water. The last I saw was a big splash.
The entire crew was declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. Thayer also has a memorial marker at Church of the Redeemer Cemetery in Bryn Mawr, PA at plot lot 492.
Missing Air Crew Report
995 (MACR 995)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Edward A. Murphy, Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Edward C. Thayer
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Carl A. Schwab
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - SSgt Eugene F. Nordstrom
FindAGrave - 1Lt Edward A Murphy, Jr (obituary)
FindAGrave - Edward Cassatt Thayer (memorial marker photo)
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-25D-1 Mitchell 41-30318
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January 5, 2018