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  B-25D-15 Mitchell Serial Number 41-30532  
USAAF
5th AF
3rd BG
90th BS

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Wilkinson Egimbari 2001

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Pilot  1st Lt. Walter R. Gerry, O-798481 (MIA / KIA / BR) RI
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. Angelo C. Dellisante, O-796333 (MIA / KIA / BR) NY
Passenger  Capt Rudolph W. Johnson, Jr., O-454104 27th Air Depot (MIA / KIA / BR) MI
Passenger  Captain Lamar S. Russell, O-427867 3rd BG, HQ (MIA / KIA / BR) NC
Passenger  S/Sgt Raymond F. Greene, 110242389 3rd BG, 90th BS (MIA / KIA / BR) MA
Passenger  S/Sgt Milton S. Miller, 11019883 3rd BG, 13th BS (MIA / KIA / BR) CT
Passenger  S/Sgt Marvin E. Culbreth, 6973582 3rd BG, 13th BS (MIA / KIA / BR) GA
Passenger  S/Sgt Charlie L. Fann, 14029330 3rd BG, 13th BS (MIA / KIA / BR) TN
Passenger  Sgt Harold B. Davis, 15070329 3rd BG, 13th BS (MIA / KIA) Zanesville, OH
Passenger  S/Sgt Jack E. Beals, 13048390 3rd BG, 90th BS (MIA / KIA / BR) PA
Passenger  S/Sgt Edward R. Howard, 11042384 3rd BG, 90th BS (MIA / KIA / BR) MA

Crashed  February 1, 1944
MACR  2565

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, 3rd Bombardment Group, 90th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. When lost, engines R-2600-13 serial numbers 42-76989 and 42-76979. Weapon serial numbers not noted in Missing Air Crew Report 2565 (MACR 2565).

Mission History
On February 1, 1944 took off from Horanda Airfield near Dobodura at 7:10am piloted by 1st Lt. Walter R. Gerry on a flight bound for 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby. Aboard were several passengers from the 27th Air Depot. Pilot Gerry last radioed Port Moresby at 8:00am, advising he was returning due to bad weather, but was never heard from or seen again. When this aircraft failed to return this bomber was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Wreckage
In fact, this B-25 crashed near the peak of Mount Kenevi at an elevation of 10,500'.

On April 29, 1961 the crash site was located at roughly Lat 9.06 Long 147.44 by accident during a joint Australian Administration patrol between a RAAF Searcher Team led by S/L Keith Rundel with an American recovery team. At the time, the team was searching for Anson LT294 which they later located elsewhere in the area.

At the crash site, the remains of the crew, plus an unopened parachute were located 200 meters behind the crash site, with attendant human remains, indicated that at least one crew member might have bailed out before the aircraft impacted.

In 2001, Wilkinson Egimbari visited the crash site and found personal effects and significant human remains among the wreckage.

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.

After the 1961 recovery of remains, the recovered crew members were buried in a group burial at Arlington National Cemetery at section 34 site 4286.

Relatives
Amanda Baird (niece of Fann):
"The article on your website, Journey to Mount Kenevi has sparked renewed interest by my family. I am the youngest of Charlie L Fann's nieces and nephews and am very interested in this segment of our family's history."

References
Missing Air Crew Report 2565 (MACR 2565)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Walter R. Gerry "His remains have been recovered"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Angelo C. Dellisante "His remains were recovered"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Rudolph W. Johnson, Jr. "His remains have been recovered."
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Lamar S. Russell "His remains have been recovered"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Raymond F. Greene
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Milton S. Miller
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Marvin E. Culbreth "His remains were recovered"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Charlie L. Fann "His remains were recovered"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Harold B. Davis
American Battle Monuments Commission (AMBC) - Jack E. Beals "His remains were recovered."
American Battle Monuments Commission (AMBC) - Edward R. Howard "His remains have been recovered"
FindAGrave - Lt. Walter R. Gerry (Arlington grave photo)
FindAGrave - Lt. Angelo C. Dellisante (Arlington grave photo)
FindAGrave - Capt Rudolph W Johnson, Jr (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Capt Rudolph W. Johnson, Jr (Arlington grave photo)
FindAGrave - Capt Lamar S Russell (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Capt Lamar S. Russell (Arlington grave photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Raymond F Greene (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Raymond F. Greene (Arlington grave photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Milton S Miller (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Milton S Miller (Arlington grave photo)
FindAGrave - Marvin E. Culbreth (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Marvin E. Culbreth (Arlington grave photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Charlie L Fann (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Sgt Charlie L. Fann (Arlington grave photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Harold B Davis (photo, tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Sgt Harold Burton Davis (photos, article, Arlington grave photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Jack E Beals (photo, tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Jack E. Beals (photo, Arlington grave photo)
FindAGrave - Corp Edward R Howard (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Corp Edward R. Howard (Arlington grave photo)
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-25C Mitchell 41-30532
Journey to Mount Kenevi by John Douglas
Thanks to John Douglas, Brian Bennett and Michael Claringbould for additional information.

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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147.44

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