|Pilot 1st Lt. Donald T. Renshaw, O-796885 (MIA / KIA) Phoenixville, PA
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Jesus P. Badia, O-678139 (MIA / KIA) Santurce, PR
Navigator 1st Lt. Justus W. Bachman, O-671252 (MIA / KIA) Lubbock, TX
Radio/Gunner S/Sgt Charles D. Plageman, 33221034 (MIA / KIA) Richmond, VA
Crew Chief T/Sgt Norman L. Nelson, 17018599 (MIA / KIA) Fremont, NB
Passenger 1st Lt. Calhoun P. Narten, O-795435 (MIA / KIA) Cleveland, OH
Passenger Sgt William D'Elia, 32418978 (MIA / KIA) Maspeth, NY
Passenger Captain James F. Coleman, O-174067 HQ, US Army Service of Supply (MIA / KIA) Abbeville, NC
Passenger 1st Lt. John L. Youngblood, 1647816 832nd Signal Service Company (MIA / KIA) Waycross, GA
Passenger 1st Lt. Jack E. Thomas, O-659606 90th BG, 400th BS (MIA / KIA) Warsaw, IN
Passenger S/Sgt Wilfred H. Chretien, Jr., 8th Air Service Group, 11th Squadron (MIA / KIA) Woonsocket, RI
MIA January 28, 1944
Built by North American. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 38th Bombardment Group, 823rd Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. This B-25 was flown to Garbutt Field near Townsville and converted to a strafer version at the 4th Air Depot. When lost, engines R-2600-13 serial numbers (left) 42-46637 (right) 41-28019. Weapon serial numbers not listed in Missing Air Crew Report (MACR).
On January 28, 1944 took off from Garbutt Field near Townsville at 11:30am on a ferry flight bound for 17 Mile Drome (Durand) near Port Moresby. Aboard were passengers from the 823rd Bombardment Squadron and other U. S. Army units.
There was a weather front between New Guinea and Australia the day of the mission. This B-25 was presumed to have gone missing over the Coral Sea. When this B-25 failed to arrive it was declared Missing In Action (MIA).
After being declared missing 5th Air Force Air Sea rescue was notified. B-25s from the 38th Bombardment Group extensively searched for this missing plane. A B-25 en route to Townsville reported possible wreckage of this aircraft roughly 97 miles south of Port Moresby. On February 2, 1944 a search mission was flown by B-25G 42-64810 that also went missing. Afterwards, search efforts expanded for both aircraft, 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 Commission (ABMC) - Donald T. Renshaw
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Jesus P. Badia
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Justus W. Bachman
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Charles D. Plageman
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Norman L. Nelson
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Calhoun P. Narten
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - William D'Elia
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - James F. Coleman
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John L. Youngblood
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Jack E. Thomas
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Wilfred H. Chretien, Jr.
CILHI list, page 16, 25
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February 4, 2018