|Pilot Capt. Harry S. Sutphen, O-732594 (MIA / KIA) Benet, IL
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Robert J. Holly, O-805463 (MIA / KIA) Rapid City. SD
Navigator 1st Lt. John J. Heffernan, O-797000 (MIA / KIA) Brooklyn, NY
Engineer S/Sgt John B. Bowden, 33165137 (MIA / KIA) Mount Lebanon, PA
Radio Operator Sgt John M. Flanagan, 31125291 (MIA / KIA) Bridgeport, CT
Armorer Sgt Roy Tuttle, 17056535 (MIA / KIA) Kassas City, KS
Photographer S/Sgt Irvin G. Playez, 33247950 (MIA / KIA) Johnstown, PA
MIA February 22, 1944
Built by North American as a B-25C-25 Mitchell. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Later, converted to a model B-25G Mitchell. Ferried overseas to India.
Assigned to the 10th Air Force, 341st Bombardment Group, 490th Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. When lost, engines installed at the time of loss were R-1830-13 serial numbers (left) 42-271901 and (right) 42-47204. Serial numbers of weapons installed are included in the Missing Aircrew Report 2450 (MACR 2450).
On February 22, 1944 took off from Kurmitola Airfield in India, on a low level bombing mission to search for targets of opportunity. The aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and was seen to burst into flames at approximately 11:45 hours, at
position 22° 02' N, 95° 03' E southwest of Monywa west of the Chindwin River. When this B-25 failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. The entire crew are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at the Manila American Cemetery.
John Riley, Jr:
"[Sgt Irvin G. Playez] is my Uncle. His plane 42-64779, was shot down in flames and crashed near the Chindwin River."
Missing Aircrew Report 2450 (MACR 2450)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Harry S. Sutphen
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Robert J. Holly
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John J. Heffernan
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John B. Bowden
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John M. Flanagan
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Roy Tuttle
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Irvin G. Playez
FindAGrave - Capt Harry S Sutphen
FindAGrave - 1Lt John J Heffernan, Jr (tablets of the missing photo)
Sgt Roy Tuttle
FindAGrave - SSgt Irvin G Playez
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this profile
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January 5, 2018