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  B-25G-5 Mitchell Serial Number 42-64810  
5th AF
38th BG
823rd BS

Pilot  1st Lt George R. Gable, Jr., O-888754 (MIA / KIA) MS
Co-Pilot  1st Lt Frank Taylor, O-736410 (MIA / KIA) MT
Navigator  2nd Lt Milton H. Reestman, O-685727 (MIA / KIA) IA
Radio/Gunner  T/Sgt Everett J. Lightner, 17015798 (MIA / KIA) MS
Gunner  S/Sgt Floyd M. Romick, 35037219 (MIA / KIA) OH
Passenger  Sgt William J. Sheahan, 31124582 (MIA / KIA) CT
Passenger  1st Lt Thomas W. Bradham, O-860171 (MIA / KIA) AR

MIA  February 2, 1944
MACR  2025

Aircraft History
Built by North American. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 38th Bombardment Group, 823rd Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. When lost, engines: R-2600-13 serial numbers: (left) 42-271491 (right) 42-271498.

Mission History
On February 2, 1944 took off from 17 Mile Drome (Durand) near Port Moresby at 1:33pm on a search mission for B-25G 42-64881 missing on January 28, 1944.

This B-25 last made radio contact at 1:37pm, four minutes after take off. Further communication was unsatisfactory due to static. When this aircraft failed to return it was declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Aftterwards, search efforts were expanded for both missing B-25s, without 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.

Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 2025
American Battle Monuments Commision (ABMC) - George R. Gable Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commision (ABMC) - Frank Taylor
American Battle Monuments Commision (ABMC) - Milton H. Reestman
American Battle Monuments Commision (ABMC) - Everett J. Lightner
American Battle Monuments Commision (ABMC) - Floyd M. Romick
American Battle Monuments Commision (ABMC) - William J. Sheahan
American Battle Monuments Commision (ABMC) - Thomas W. Bradham

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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