|Pilot 1st Lt. Howard L. Myers, O-672174 (MIA / KIA) Modoc, IN
Co-Pilot 1st Lt. Bart F. Grantham, O-675422 (MIA / KIA) Birmingham, AL
Bombardier Navigator 2nd Jesse O. Braswell, O-722897 (MIA / KIA) Blue Ridge, TX
Engineer Sgt Alvin C. Hanson, 19017894 (MIA / KIA) Tacoma, WA
Radio Cpl John Campo, 12050651 (MIA / KIA) West New York, NJ
Gunner SSgt Jack L Sullivan, 19174615 (MIA / KIA) Los Angeles, CA
MIA June 5, 1944 at 11:35am
Built by North American. Constructors Number 96-16584. Delivered to the U. S. Army as B-25C-25 Mitchell serial number 42-64705.
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 42nd Bombardment Group, 75th Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. When lost, engines R-2600-13 serial numbers left 42-271374 right 43-3452. Aboard were fourteen .50 caliber machine guns serial numbers unknown plus two .30 caliber machine guns, serial numbers unknown.
On June 5, 1944 took off from Stirling Airfield at 11:13am on a bombing mission against Rabaul. This bomber was flying in formation in the fourth element on the left wing. The weather was large frontal activity with excellent visibility except for rain or clouds.
At 11:25am, the formation entered the opening between two large cumulonimbus cloud formations. The squadron leader tried to radio to the flight to turn around, as they would be unable to clear the clouds but the message was not transmitted due to a radio problem. As the formation entered the clouds, they experienced an intense updraft causing the bombers to vibrate violently at a rate of roughly 6,000' per minute.
This B-25 was last seen roughly twenty miles off Mutupena Point on Bougainville. It is thought that the aircraft was caught in the same updraft and went into a tight spiral or spin from which it never recovered then crashed into the sea. When this bomber failed to return it was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).
Afterwards, five B-25s took off on a mission to search for this bomber, flying over the area between Torokina to Stirling to thirty miles out to sea before returning between 6:17pm to 6:41pm, with negative results.
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. The entire crew earned the Purple Heart, posthumously. Meyers also has a memorial marker at Riverside Cemetery in Losantville, IN.
Mindy LeVeque (niece of 1st Lt. Howard L. Myers)
"The picture of Howard Myers in uniform has held a prominent space on the wall of my parents house for all of my life."
Missing Air Crew Report 5660 (MACR 5660)
New Rochelle Standard-Star "Lieut. Lloyd Sp B-26 Pilot, Killed" c1943 via Harry A. Biddle via Robert Beasecker
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Howard L. Myers
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Bart F. Grantham
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Jesse O. Braswell
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Alvin C. Hanson
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John Campo
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Jack L. Sullivan
FindAGrave - 1Lt Howard L Myers (photo, tablets of the missing)
Lt Howard L. Myers (photo, memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - 1Lt Bart F Grantham (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 2Lt Jesse O Braswell (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Alvin C Hanson (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Sgt John Campo (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Jack L Sullivan (tablets of the missing)
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February 4, 2018