|Pilot 1st Lt. Miles L. Green, O-730901 (MIA / KIA) WY
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Wayne M. Berta, O-667918 (MIA / KIA) IL
Crew SSgt Clifford R. Hall, 15054322 (MIA / KIA) WV
Crew SSgt Lloyd G. Popwell, 34267229 (MIA /KIA) GA
MIA September 27, 1943 at 10:55am
Built by North American. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-25D-15 Mitchell serial number 41-30434. This B-25 was ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia.
Assigned to the
5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group, 8th Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. When lost, engines R-2600-13 serial numbers 41-29580 and 41-29585.
On September 27, 1943 took off from Dobodura Airfield piloted by 1st Lt. Miles L. Green on a shipping strike over the Kairuru Strait between Kairuru Island and Muschu Island north of Wewak. After leaving the target area, this B-25 attempted to rejoin the formation, but appeared to be out of control and shortly afterwards, crashed into the sea, leaving no trace of any survivors or wreckage. When this B-25 failed to return, it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA). Also lost was B-25D 41-30636 (MIA).
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. Green also has a memorial marker at Lakeview Cemetery in Cheyenne, WY.
Popwell also has a memorial marker in Palmetto Cemetery in Brunswick, GA.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-25D-15 Mitchell 41-30434
"30434 (3rd BG, 8th BS) lost Sep 27, 1943, New Guinea. MACR 731"
Missing Air Crew Report 731 (MACR 731)
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-25D Mitchell 41-30434
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Miles L. Green
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Wayne M. Berta
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Clifford R. Hall
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Lloyd G. Popwell
FindAGrave - Lieut Miles L. "Tim" Green (memorial marker)
1Lt Miles L Green (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 2Lt Wayne M Berta (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - SSgt Clifford R Hall (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - SSgt Lloyd G Popwell (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Lloyd G. Popwell (memorial marker photo)
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October 12, 2018