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|Pilot 1st Lt Leo B. Braun, O-796771 (MIA / KIA) Melrose, MN
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Robert C. Bloxam, O-748329 (MIA / KIA) MN
Navigator 2nd Lt. Donald S. Hockensmith, O-673169 (MIA / KIA) KS
Radio SSgt Walter E. Strauser, 33234176 (MIA / KIA) PA
Engineer SSgt Edward L. Sayers, 39240936 (MIA / KIA) CA
Gunner SSgt Jacob L. Wanamaker, 34247495 (MIA / KIA) FL
MIA January 8, 1944
This B-25 was assigned to regular pilot 1st Lt. Anderson Williams and co-pilot 1st Lt. Anderson Williams. Likely, the nose was painted with the 823rd Bombardment Squadron's tiger motif.
On November 3, 1943 this B-25 flew its first combat mission on a sweep over Odrobeg village two and a half miles north of Alexishafen. Returning, the formation passed over Madang and Bil Bil. During the flight, the formation sustained anti-aircraft fire.
At 10:00am the B-25 formation dropped to low level and attacked in three plane formations with the 822nd Bombardment Squadron attacking first. Next, the 823rd Bomb Squadron attacked.
Before reaching the target, this B-25 was hit by large caliber anti-aircraft fire in the right engine causing it to catch fire. Both pilots struggled to maintain control of the bomber and continue the bombing run. Fifteen minutes later, the B-25 was engulfed in flames, the pilots deliberately pointed the damaged B-25 at a Japanese anti-aircraft gun position at the southern end of Uligan.
This B-25 was observed to fire several cannon rounds at the target before crashing into the ground. On impact, the bomber slid through the area causing extensive damage. Another B-25 photographed a large column of black smoke rising from the southern end of Uligan Mission Township where this bomber crashed.
The entire crew was killed in the crash and all were listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
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