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  B-25D-15 "Available Jones" Serial Number 41-30374  
USAAF
5th AF
312th BG
388th BS

Former Assignments
22nd BG
2nd BS

Pilot  1st Lt. Anthony Hartley, O-660564 (MIA / KIA) NY
Co-Pilot  1st Lt. George J. Nichols, O-662974 (MIA / KIA) TN
Navigator  2nd Lt. Hugh H. Eaton, Jr., O-807396 27th Repair Squadron (MIA / KIA) VA
Passenger  Captain Sam D. Perry, O-916549 387th BS, Supply and Transport (MIA / KIA) AL
Passenger  1st Lt. Henry E. Felix, O-661732 (MIA / KIA) IL
Passenger  2nd Lt. Leo W. Tiberghien, O-674871 (MIA / KIA) TX
Asst Crew Chief  Sgt Claude O. Langlinais, 14071332 (MIA / KIA) LA

Crashed  February 21, 1944
MACR  3722

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, 22nd Bombardment Group, 2nd Bombardment Squadron. Next, assigned 2nd Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

During February 1944, assigned to the 312th Bombardment Group, 388th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Available Jones". Tail letter unknown. Regular crew chief Sgt Archie Kachel. When lost, engines R-2600-13 serial numbers 41-31117 and 43-37408.

Mission History
On February 21, 1944 took off on a flight from Port Moresby via Garbutt Field bound for Brisbane. The regular crew chief, Sgt Archie Kachel was off duty and replaced by Sgt Claude O. Langlinais. Disappeared on the first leg of the flight. Most likely lost over the Coral Sea. When this B-25 failed to arrive, it was declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Search
Aircraft searching for this B-25 failed to locate any trace of the aircraft.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. After the loss, the 312th Bombardment Group softball field at Gusap Airfield, was named "Hartley-Nichols Field" in honor of the pilot and co-pilot.

References
Missing Air Crew Report 3722 (MACR 3722)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Anthony Hartley
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - George J. Nichols
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Hugh H. Eaton Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Sam D. Perry
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Henry E. Felix
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Leo W. Tiberghien
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Claude O. Langlinais
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-25D Mitchell 41-30374
AAF MACR DB has this aircraft listed as "B-25 41-31117" incorrectly
Rampage of the Roaring 20s page 26, 60, 347, 360

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

Tech Information
B-25

MIA
MIA
7 Missing

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