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Lt. Earl Swartzfager, O-736576 (MIA / KIA)
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Robert K. Williams, O-736587 (MIA / KIA)
Navigator 2nd Lt. Kenneth R. Hough, O-674771 (MIA / KIA) Ottawa, KS
Engineer S/Sgt Harold F. Tague, 37111602 (MIA / KIA) Malvern, Iowa
Radio T/Sgt Victor L. Koppang, 16004538 (MIA / KIA)
Gunner Arthur A. Merzlock, 16000064 (MIA / KIA)
Crashed January 20, 1944 at 1335 hours
Over the target, this B-25 was hit by anti-aircraft fire, causing severe damage to the tail control surfaces. Other aircraft in the formation observed it to suddenly nose over and turn into a vertical bank, before the nose dropped into a inverted spin and crashed into the ground.
Postwar, a team from American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) visited this crash site and recovered some remains that were transported to the United States for burial.
In 1982, the crash site was rediscovered during logging activity and confirmed by Brian Bennett from one of the engine serial numbers. The next year, the remains of the crew were recovered by US Army CILHI. After a long period of analysis Central Identification Laboratory has been able to probably establish individual identifications for the entire crew, and the case was resolved in 2004.
Brian Bennett adds:
After the recovery of remains in 1982, Hough was buried at Highland Cemetery in Ottawa, Kansas. Tague is buried at Arlington National Cemetery section 66 site 1752. Merzlock is buried at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery at section 9 site 398.
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