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  B-25D-20 Mitchell Serial Number 41-30661  
USAAF
13th AF
42nd BG
75th BS

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December 17, 1943

Pilot  1st Lt. Robert A. Meister, O-724963 (MIA / KIA) OH
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. Floyd A. Everett, Jr. (rescued)
Engineer  SSgt Robert K. Cole (rescued)
Gunner  TSgt Carl J. Manhart (rescued) Dubois, ID
Gunner  SSgt Charles J. Hughey, 20430742 (MIA / KIA) GA

Crashed  December 17, 1943 at 11:02
MACR  1416

Aircraft History
Built by North American. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to the South Pacific.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 42nd Bombardment Group, 75th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. When lost, engines R-2600-13 serial numbers 1) 42-77243 2) 42-77159. Armed with 12 x 50 caliber machine guns and 2 x 30 caliber machine guns.

Mission History
On December 17, 1943 one of eighteen B-25s that took off on a bombing mission against Maleai (Maliai) near Shortland Island. When departing from the target, this bomber was hit in the left nacelle by anti-aircraft fire and was leaking oil and was unable to feather the propeller. Descending under control in preparation for ditching, the bomber went into a spin from 100' and crashed one mile west of Baga Island into the sea. The three survivors deployed their raft and searched for the other two who were missing.

Rescue
The three survivors were rescued by PT Boat within an hour of the crash, and continued to search for the two missing men for another thirty minutes, without results.

Memorials
Meister and Hughey were officially declared dead the day of the crash. Both are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. The entire crew earned the Purple Heart, posthumously.

Hughey also has a memorial marker at Shawmut Cemetery in Valley, AL at Old Section, lot 31.
Hughey has another memorial marker at Hillview East Cemetery in LaGrange, GA.
Manhart passed away on July 3, 2012. He was buried at Desert Memorial Park in Ridgecrest, CA.

References
Missing Air Crew Report 1416 (MACR 1416)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Robert A. Meister
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Charles J. Hughey
FindAGrave - 1Lt Robert A Meister (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - SSgt Charles J Hughey (photo, tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - SSGT Charles J Hughey (photo, Shawmut Cemetery memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - Charles J Hughey (Hillview East Cemetery memorial marker)
FindAGrave - Charles J. Hughey (photo, memorial monument photo)
FindAGrave - Carl J. Manhart (obituary, Desert Memorial Park grave)

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

Tech Info
B-25

Map
Map
Dec 17, 1943

Tech Info
MIA
2 Missing

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