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  B-25D-15 "Five Minutes To Midnight" Serial Number 41-30525  
USAAF
5th AF
312th BG
389th BS

Former Assignments
38th BG
405th BS

Pilot  1st Lt. Albert C. Eddy, O-663137 (MIA / KIA) Cedar Rapids, IA
Co-Pilot  F/O Ralph D. Preston, T-001850 (MIA / KIA) Tulsa, OK
Radio  S/Sgt Albert G. Brockhouse, 16017970 (MIA / KIA) Beardstown, IL
Crew Chief  S/Sgt James W. Mac Elveen, 12061500 (MIA / KIA) Queens Village, NY
Passenger  Sgt Thomas R. Shearin, 13086833 (MIA / KIA) Uniontown, PA
Passenger  S/Sgt George H. Emery, 11106744 (MIA / KIA) Athol, MA
Passenger  S/Sgt Anthony F. Di Berardine, 11102173 (MIA / KIA) Darien, CT
Passenger  S/Sgt Arthur J. Marcus, 12146645 (MIA / KIA) Cedar Hurst, NY
Passenger  Sgt Sidney Schnell, 12014609 (MIA / KIA) Brooklyn, NY
Passenger  S/Sgt Nevin S. Weiss, 39168997 (MIA / KIA) Endicott, NY
Passenger  Sgt John J. McKenna, 6644691 (MIA / KIA) Yongstown, OH
Passenger  T/Sgt Richard J. Anthony, 13030619 (MIA / KIA) Jersey City, NJ

MIA  October 11, 1944
MACR  9457

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, 38th Bombardment Group, 405th Bombardment Squadron. During September 1944, assigned to the 312th Bombardment Group, 389th Bombardment Squadron as a fat cat transport aircraft. Nicknamed "Five Minutes To Midnight". When lost, engines: R-2600-13 serial numbers (left) 42-271575 and (right) 42-22939. Seven 50 caliber machine guns were aboard, serial numbers unknown.

Mission History
On October 11, 1944 one of two planes that took off from Hollandia Airfield at 7:55am on an flight bound for Nadzab Airfield. Aboard were eight passengers, enlisted men from the 388th BS and 389th BS eligible to be rotated back to the United States. Weather was cloudy with intermittent moderate showers from 1,500-2,500' and visibility of 8-12 miles.

This B-25 was last seen on take off. When it failed to arrive it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA). Presumed lost in the Sepik River area, possibly the Annanberg area.

Search
When no word of arrival was received from Nadzab by 18:00, the AACS station was notified and contacted Nadzab any information.

On October 12, all stations south of Hollandia were checked, in case the crew diverted to another location. At 13:00, three aircraft from the 312th BG led by Major Graber searched the coast from Hollandia to Wewak and returned, sighting nothing. Air Sea Rescue was also notified to search.

On October 13 at 8:00, eight planes from the 312th Bombardment Group led by Col. Strauss searched from Hollandia to Tadji, But, Boram and Hansa Bay, sighting nothing.

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. Anthony has a memorial marker at St. Paul's Indianland Church Cemetery in Cherryville, PA.

References
Missing Air Crew Report 9457 (MACR 9457)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Albert C. Eddy
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Ralph D. Preston
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Albert G. Brockhouse
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - James W. Mac Elveen
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Thomas R. Shearin
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - George H. Emery
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Anthony F. Di Berardine
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Arthur J. Marcus
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Sidney Schnell
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Nevin S. Weiss
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John J. McKenna
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Richard J. Anthony
FindAGrave - Sgt Thomas R Shearin (photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt George H Emery (photo)
FindAGrave - Anthony F Di Berardine (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - TSgt Richard J. "Richie" Anthony (photo, memorial marker photo, obituary)
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-25D-1 Mitchell 41-30525
Rampage of the Roaring 20s page 166-167, 350, 366

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

Tech Info
B-25

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MIA
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