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  B-25G-5 Mitchell Serial Number 42-64873  
5th AF
38th BG
823rd BS

Pilot  1/st Lt John H. Di Filippo, O-672044 (MIA / KIA) San Antonio, TX
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt Louis S. Kefer, O-809815 (MIA / KIA) Brooklyn, NY
Navigator  2nd Lt George S. Heyen, O-673166 (MIA / KIA) San Antonio, TX
Engineer  T/Sgt Willis K. Fulp, 14049341 (MIA / KIA) Kileree, NC
Gunner  S/Sgt George F. Basha, 31078211 (MIA / KIA) Lawrence, MA

Crashed  February, 15 1944 at 11:25am
MACR  4600

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

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 38th Bombardment Group, 823rd Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. When lost, engines R-2600-13 serial numbers 42-271401 and 42-271493. Weapon serial numbers noted in Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 4600.

Mission History
On February, 15 1944 took off from Dobodura No 4 Airfield (Horanda 4Y) on low level strike mission strike 46 D-1 against Kavieng. This B-25 was flying in the number three position in the second flight. Over the target at 1125 hours, this B-25 was hit by anti-aircraft fire and observed to pull up abruptly to 150' with flames visible in the belly. Both main landing gears sagged as a result of hydraulic pressure loss. None of the crew were seen to exit the stricken bomber. It is believed this B-25 crashed into the Chinatown area of Kavieng at approximately Lat 2.34 Long150.48

No known wreckage of aircraft remains.

The crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. Basha was declared dead on April 15, 1944. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 4600
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-25 42-64873
AAHS Journal Summer 1965 issue, page 96
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John H. Di Filippo
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Louis S. Kefer
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - George S. Heyen
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Willis K. Fulp
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - George F. Basha
FindAGrave - 1Lt John H Di Filippo (tablets of the missing photo)

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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