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  B-25G Mitchell Serial Number 42-64779  
USAAF
10th AF
341st BG
490th BS

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
MACR  2450

Aircraft History
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.

Wartime History
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).

Mission History
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).

Memorials
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.

Relatives
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."

References
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)
FindAGrave - Sgt Roy Tuttle
FindAGrave - SSgt Irvin G Playez
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this profile

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

Tech Information
B-25


MIA
7 Missing

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