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  B-25G-5 Mitchell Serial Number 42-64946  
USAAF
13th AF
42nd BG
70th BS

Pilot  1st Lt. Harold F. Watts, O-738305 (MIA / KIA, BR) IL
Co-Pilot  1st Lt. Francis S. Dunigan, O-813349 (MIA / KIA, BR) DC
Engineer-Gunner  SSgt Stanley M. Mettz , 39236139 (MIA / KIA, BR) CA
Radio-Gunner  TSgt Jerry G. Leath, 6968243 (MIA / KIA, BR) GA
Armor-Gunner  S/Sgt Joseph E. Brough, 15107703 (MIA / KIA, BR) IN

Crashed  October 20, 1944 at 12:40pm
MACR  11061

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

Wartime History
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 42nd Bombardment Group, 70th Bombardment Squadron. No known noseart or nickname. When lost, engines R-2600-13 serial numbers left 33447 and right 33463. Weapon serial numbers unknown.

Mission History
On October 20, 1944 took off from Sansapor Airfield (Mar) on a medium bombing mission against Ambon. Weather was intervening cumulus 7-8/10 coverage with an undercast at 3-8,000'. A minute into the bomb run over Cape Seri, hit by anti-aircraft fire that set the right engine on fire. Last seen over the open sea. Crashed off Batoegantoeng on the Laitimor peninsula on Ambon.

Aboard another B-25, SSgt Pushnik believe he observed three of the crew bailing out prior to the crash. No parachutes were seen to open due to the undercast below the formation.

Search
Immediately ater the loss, other 70th Bombardment Squadron B-25s began searching and Squadron leader Lt. Stevens contacted the PBY Catalina "Dumbo" in the area to search for the loss. Lt. Johnson left the formation and searched for athe aircraft and investigated what was possibly a dark green-blue color in the sea that might have been dye marker. Also, Major Smith remained in the area for an additional 30-40 minutes, searching with a PBY Catalina "Dumbo" escorted by four P-38 Lightnings over the Latimore Peninsula area and noticed a fire in the vicinity of Mount Tola, but was found to be a brush fire.

Wreckage
After the war, this crash site was found by the Australian Army 16 Graves Registration Unit and remains were recovered.

Memorials
Officially declared dead the day of the mission. After the recovery of remains, the crew were permanently. buried.
Two of the crew are buried at Manila American Cemetery. Leath at plot L row 12 grave 70. Dunigan at plot N row 6 grave 195.
Watts is buried at Memorial Park Cemetery in Pontiac, IL.
Mettz is buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery at plot I, grave 334.
Brough was buried in 1950 at Mount Hope Cemetery in Peru, IN.

is unknown, likely a private cemetery in the United States.

References
Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 11061
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Jerry G. Leath
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Francis S. Dunigan
FindAGrave - Harold F. Watts (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Stanley M. Mettz (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Joseph E. Brough

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

Tech Info
B-25

MIA
MIA
5 Missing
Resolved

Tech Info
Map
Oct 20, 1944

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