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

Former Assignments
22nd BG
408th BS

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Ullmann Dec 1943
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  SSgt George H. Emery, 11106744 (MIA / KIA) Athol, MA
Passenger  SSgt Anthony F. Di Berardine, 11102173 (MIA / KIA) Darien, CT
Passenger  SSgt Arthur J. Marcus, 12146645 (MIA / KIA) Cedar Hurst, NY
Passenger  Sgt Sidney Schnell, 12014609 (MIA / KIA) Brooklyn, NY
Passenger  SSgt Nevin S. Weiss, 39168997 (MIA / KIA) Endicott, NY
Passenger  Sgt John J. McKenna, 6644681 (MIA / KIA) Yongstown, OH
Passenger  TSgt 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 Air Force (USAAF) as B-25D-15 Mitchell serial number 41-30525. Assigned to Savannah, Georgia for crew training.

Nicknamed "Five Minutes to Mid-Night" with the nose art of a cowboy on a horse inside a white circle. The name was picked by pilot 2nd Lt. Jarry J. Copsey who prior to enlisting was a cowboy from Broken Bow, Nebraska. The nickname and nose art relates to a famous rodeo horse "Five Minutes to Midnight" popular in the rodeo circuit. The artwork was painted by 2nd Lt. Steve N. Karall.

During the middle of 1943, ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia. Likely, ferried overseas by pilot 2nd Lt. Jarry J. Copsey, co-pilot 2nd Lt Otto W. Leib, navigator 2nd Lt. Joseph F. Kent, Jr. bombardier 2nd Lt. Leonard Teitelbaum, engineer SSgt. Frederick E. Pelegrin, radio SSgt. Warren J. Carstens and armorer-gunner S/Sgt. Russell W. Lowery.

Wartime History
During the middle of 1943, assigned to the 5th Air Force, 22nd Bombardment Group, 408th Bombardment Squadron. The first combat mission was October 14, 1943. In combat, below the pilot's window was a scoreboard with bomb markings indicating combat missions flown.

In New Guinea, the ground crew painted "Moan" on the outboard side of the left engine cowling. By December 1943, this B-25 flew at least 21 bombing missions. By the end of January 1944 flew a total of 44 missions.

During February 1944 transfered to the 5th Bomber Command Replacement Pool when the squadron began converting to the B-24 Liberator. In September 1944, assigned to the 312th Bombardment Group, 389th Bombardment Squadron as a "fat cat" transport aircraft. When lost, engines: R-2600-13 serial numbers (left) 42-271575 and (right) 42-22939. Armed with seven .50 caliber machine guns makers and serial numbers unknown.

Mission History
On October 11, 1944 at 7:55am took off from Hollandia Airfield piloted by 1st Lt. Albert C. Eddy as one of two B-25s on an flight bound for Nadzab Airfield. Aboard were eight passengers, enlisted men from the 388th Bombardment Squadron and 389th Bombardment Squadron that were eligible to be rotated back to the United States. The 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. Presumed lost in the Sepik River area, possibly the Annanberg area. When this aircraft failed to arrive it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

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, 1944 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, 1944 at 8:00 eight planes from the 312th BG 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 at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.

Eddy, Emery, Schnell and Weiss earned the Air Medal.

Di Berardine and Marcus earned the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.

Marcus also has a memorial marker at Mount Sinai Memorial Park in Los Angeles, CA.

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

References
ProRodeo Hall of Fame - Five Minutes to Midnight
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-25D-15 Mitchell 41-30525
"30525 (312th BG) lost Oct 11, 1944. MACR 9457"
Missing Air Crew Report 9457 (MACR 9457)
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-25D-1 Mitchell 41-30525
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 - 1Lt Albert C Eddy (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - FltOff Ralph Dean Preston (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - SSgt Albert G Brockhouse (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SSGT James W. Mac Elveen (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Thomas R Shearin (photo, tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - SSgt George H Emery (photo, tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Anthony F Di Berardine (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Arthur J Marcus (tablets of the missing)
FIndAGrave - Arthur Joseph Marcus (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Sidney Schnell (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - SSgt Nevin S Weiss (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Sgt John J McKenna (photo, tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - TSgt Richard J. "Richie" Anthony (photo, memorial marker photo, obituary)
Revenge of the Red Raiders (2006) profile
Rampage of the Roaring 20s (2009) pages 166-167, 350, 366
IHRA - Five Minutes to Midnight profile on "Five Minutes To Midnight" October 16, 2015 (photo)

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October 29, 2019

 

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