|Pilot 1st Lt. Henry M. Phillips, O-439095 (rescued)
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Warren W. Huffstutter, O-688824 (rescued)
Bomb-Nav 2nd Lt. Charles J. Glownia, O-743778 (rescued)
Engineer-Gunner SSgt George J. Ebersole, 13068094 (MIA / KIA) PA
Radio-Asst Engineer-Gunner SSgt Eugene T. Doyle, 20245292 (rescued)
Armorer-Gunner Sgt Robert A. Goewey, Jr., 31039112 (MIA / KIA) MA
Ditched May 26, 1944 at 4:10pm
Built by North American. Constructors Number 96-20858. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-25G-5 Mitchell serial number 42-64954. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field to the Central Pacific.
Assigned to the 7th Air Force, 41st Bombardment Group, 48th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. When lost, engines R-2600-13 serial numbers left 43-23956 and right 43-28414. Armed with a 75mm cannon serial number unknown. Machine gun serial numbers noted in MACR.
On May 26, 1944 took off from Eniwetok Airfield piloted by 1st Lt. Henry M. Phillips on a low level strike against Ponape. Over the target at roughly 3:50pm, this B-25 was hit by automatic weapon fire in the propeller governor of the right engine, that caused the propeller to run away, unable to be feathered. Soon afterwards, the left engine lost power and was forced to ditch into the sea roughly twenty miles to the northeast of Ponape.
During the ditching, the tail of the bomber broke off. Phillips, Huffstutter, Glownia and Doyle received only minor injuries and deployed the life raft.
Ebersole suffered severe internal injuries and sever lacerations to his face and neck. He was placed into the life raft, but died a few minutes later. Goewey never surfaced and was believed to have gone down in the bomber.
The four surviving crew members spent twenty hours in their life raft, before being spotted by B-25s and were rescued by USS Downes (DD-375) at 12:40am on March 27, 1944.
Ebersole and Goewey were officially declared dead the day of the mission. Both are memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.
Ebersole earned the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart, posthumously.
Goewey earned the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), Air Medal and the Purple Heart, posthumously.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-25G-5 Mitchell 42-64954
Missing Air Crew Report 5472 (MACR 5472)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - George J. Ebersole
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Robert A. Goewey Jr.
SSgt George J Ebersole (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Robert A Goewey, Jr. (tablets of the missing)
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December 2, 2018