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  B-25D-20 Mitchell Serial Number 41-30636  
5th AF
3rd BG
90th BS

Pilot  1st Lt. Keith A. McKee, O-663067 (MIA / KIA) SD
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. Roland B. Nelson, O-734258 (MIA / KIA) IL
Navigator  2nd Lt. George W Kylius, Jr., O-738988 (MIA / KIA) OH
Radio Operator  Pvt. Joseph Gulli, 19082601 (MIA / KIA) CA
Gunner  SSgt Dwight W. Carpenter, 31086424 (MIA / KIA) CT

MIA  September 27, 1943
MACR  730

Aircraft History
Built by North American in Inglewood, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia arriving in early April 1942.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group, 90th Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. When lost, engines: R-2600-13 serial numbers a) 42-77490 and b) 42-77566. Aboard were .50 caliber M2 machine guns serial numbers not noted in Missing Air Crew Report 730 (MACR 730).

Mission History
On September 27, 1943 took off from Dobodura Airfield on a shipping strike against Wewak. Over the target area, last contacted by radio by Captain Donald J. MacLellan. Last seen over Wewak Harbor with both engines burning and the landing gear partly extended and loosing altitude and headed out to sea. Last seen by 1st Lt. Charles W. Howe and John C. Boggs, who observed this B-25 to crash into the sea. When this B-25 failed to return, it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA). Also lost was B-25D 41-30434 (MIA).

The entire crew was officially declared dead on January 14, 1946. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

McKee also has a memorial marker at Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell, SD.
Gulli has a memorial marker at Arlington National Cemetery at section MH, site 180.
Carpenter has a memorial marker at Groton Village Cemetery in Groton, VT at section 3, row 11.

Missing Air Crew Report 730 (MACR 730)
This aircraft was coded by U. S. Army CILHI as "PNG #38"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Keith A. McKee
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Roland B. Nelson
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - George W. Kylius Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Joseph Gulli
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Dwight W Carpenter
FindAGrave - 1Lt Keith A McKee (photo, tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Keith A McKee (photo, memorial marker)
FindAGrave - 2Lt Roland B Nelson (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - 2Lt George W Kylius, Jr (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Joseph Gulli (Arlington memorial marker)
FindAGrave - Pvt Joseph Gulli (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Dwight W. Carpenter (memorial marker)

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


Tech Info

5 Missing

Lat 3.33
Long 143.38

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