|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
Built by North American. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to the South Pacific.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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January 5, 2018