|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
Built by North American. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.
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.
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).
Aircraft searching for this B-25 failed to locate any trace of the aircraft.
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.
Missing Air Crew Report 3722 (MACR 3722)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) -
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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January 5, 2018