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  B-25D-1 Mitchell Serial Number 41-30522  
USAAF
5th AF
345th BG
500th BS

Pilot  1st Lt. Frank E. Gullette, Jr., O-664577 (POW executed Nov 43-March 44 / MIA / KIA, BR) Dallas, TX
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. Jackson D. Harbert, O-798495 (MIA / KIA, BNR)
Bombardier / Navigator  1st Lt. John R. Duggins, O-731037 (MIA / KIA, BR) KY
Engineer  SSgt Glen A. Lamb, 19102345 (POW executed Nov 43-March 44 / MIA / KIA, BR) OR
Radio  TSgt Charles H. Mahan, 31073113 (POW executed Nov 43-March 44 / MIA / KIA, BR) MA
Tail Gunner   Sgt Jack G. Hallack, 19078197 (MIA / KIA, BNR) CA

Ditched  November 20, 1943 at 1:20pm
MACR  1146

Aircraft History
Built by North American as a model D-15. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 345th Bombardment Group, 500th Bombardment Squadron on July 12, 1944. No known nose art or nickname. Converted to a strafer variant model D-1 by the 4th Air Depot at Garbutt Field near Townsville. When lost, engines R-2600-13 serial numbers (left) 42-76929 and (right) 42-76691.

Mission History
On November 20, 1943 one of eighteen B-25s that took off on a mission to attack the Hansa Bay area, escorted by four squadrons of P-47 Thunderbolts. This aircraft was one of eight B-25 that bombed and strafed Awar Airfield. Hit by large caliber anti-aircraft fire that left a holes in the right wing and smoke trailing from both engines. Returning, it successfully ditched two miles off Meiwok (Mawok) near Uligan Harbor.

Fates of the Crew
The bomber floated for about three minutes and the crew was seen in the water. Other B-25s dropped rafts and circled. The tail gunner reportedly failed to get out of the wreck. Around midnight, a Catalina from Port Moresby arrived to rescue them, with several pilots from the mission serving as guides.  They circled the area but were unable to find any trace of the crew. 

In fact, all of the crew made it ashore, but were immediately captured and taken to the Kemeitai headquarters at Amron. After interrogation, all were shot, and natives from a nearby village conscripted to dig their graves.

Recovery of Remains
During 1948, a New Guinea native informed American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) about a grave site at Amron. Exhumed, the remains of three individuals were recovered. Three years later, they were identified as Gullette, Mahan, and Lamb. Hallack was never located and remains MIA. Details on Harbert and Duggins are unknown.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. Hallack was officially declared dead on January 15, 1946 and is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

After the recovery of remains, the recovered crew members were transported to the Philippines and United States for permanent burial.

Mahan is buried at Manila American Cemetery at Plot L Row 14 Grave 22.
Gullette was buried in the Grove Hill Memorial Park Cemetery during early March 1952.
Lamb is buried at Willamette National Cemetery, Happy Valley, OR at section G site 2640.
Duggins is buried at Johnson Chapel Cemetery in Des Arc, AR.
Harbert is presumed to be buried in a private cemetery in his hometown.

References
Note: This aircraft was incorrectly listed by RAAF and CILHI in records as 41-30572
Missing Air Crew Report 1146 (MACR 1146)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Charles H. Mahan
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Jack G. Hallack
FindAGrave - Lieut Frank E. Gullette, Jr (grave photo, obituary)
FindAGrave - John Clarence Duggins (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Glen A Lamb (grave photo)
Warpath Across the Pacific pages 92, 367, 392

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

Tech Info
B-25

MIA
POW / MIA
2 Missing
4 Resolved

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