|Pilot 2nd Lt. Lee M. Wiggins, O-795447 (rescued) Darlington, SC
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. George E. Nellis, O-798018 (MIA / KIA) Spencer, WV
Navigator / Bombardier 2nd Lt. Bernard Sperling, O-798902 (rescued)
Engineer Sgt Frank M. Zabielski, 36351932 (rescued)
Radio SSgt Domenic Comolli, 31109399 (rescued) Hillsborough, NN
Gunner SSgt Raymond Schutrum, 32138272 (rescued) Rochester, NY
Ditched July 28, 1943
Built by North American. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-25G-5 Mitchell serial number 42-64868. Assigned to "Command".
On July 28, 1943 took off from Hamilton Field on a ferry flight bound for Hickam Field. The weather was high broken clouds at 12,000' with .4 to .6 cumulus with base at 2,000' and tops at 6,500' and winds surface 4,000' 60° to 80° at 14-18 knots. Last contacted by radio station KSF (CAA Station) with the bomber's position calculated to be at roughly Lat 26.5 N Long 147.8 W. When this B-25 failed to arrive it was initially declared Missing In Action (MIA).
Fates of the Crew
In fact, the entire crew survived and were rescued.
Later, Schutrum was assigned to the 22nd Bombardment Group, 33rd Bombardment Squadron. On September 1, 1944 he went Missing In Action (MIA) as a gunner aboard B-24J "Ole Tomato" 42-100291 over Philippines. He is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery at the tablets of the missing.
Later, Nellis was assigned to the 22nd Bombardment Group, 33rd Bombardment Squadron. On February 28 , 1944 he went went Missing In Action (MIA) piloting B-24J Liberator 42-100292 off Queensland in Australia. He is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery at the tablets of the missing. He also has a memorial marker at Saint Marys in Pleasants County, WV.
Zabielski passed away on October 16, 1989. He is buried at Crystal Lake Memorial Park in Ridgefield, IL.
Comolli passed away on August 17, 2002. He is buried at Edgewood Cemetery in Hillsborough, NH at Chapel Section, Lot 140, Space 1.
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Lee M. Wiggins
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - George E. Nellis
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Frank M. Zabielski
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Domenic Comolli
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Raymond Schutrum
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-25G-5 Mitchell 42-64868
"lost Jul 28, 1943, Pacific. MACR 10."
Missing Air Crew Report 10 (MACR 10)
FindAGrave - 2Lt George E Nellis (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Lieut George E Nellis (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - Frank M Zabielski (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Domenic “Finnie” Comolli (grave photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Raymond Schutrum (tablets of the missing photo)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Raymond Schutrum
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January 18, 2018