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  B-25D-25 "Montana Maid" Serial Number 42-87296  
5th AF
71st TRG
17th TRS

Pilot  1st Lt. Burwell M. Vowell, O-755468 (MIA / KIA, BR)
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. Robert J. Gaines (MIA / KIA, BR)
Navigator  1st Lt. Richard L. Hershey (MIA / KIA, BR)
Armoror-Gunner  SSgt William E. Davies, Jr. (MIA / KIA, BR)
Radio  SSgt James C. Smith (MIA / KIA, BR)
Engineer  SSgt Robert L Allman (MIA / KIA, BR)
Passenger  1st Lt. Van Kennon (MIA / KIA, BR) Cameron, TX

Crashed  December 26, 1944 at 11:30pm
MACR  12604

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, 71st Tactical Reconnaissance Group, 17th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron. Nicknamed "Montana Maid". When lost, engines R2600-13 serial numbers 41-29773 and 43-22127.

Mission History
On December 26, 1944 took off from San Jose Airfield. Experienced heavy rains and ran out of fuel attempting to reach Tacloban Airfield on Leyte.

The entire crew was officially declared dead on December 26, 1944.After the recovery of remains, the entire crew was transported to the United States for permanent burial. During 1949, buried in a group burial at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery at section E, sites 160-161. Kennon also has a memorial marker at Walkers Creek Cemetery in Cameron, TX.

FindAGrave - Burwell M Vowell (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Robert J Gaines (photo, grave photo)
FindAGrave - Richard L Hershey (grave photo)
FindAGrave - William E Davies, Jr
FindAGrave - James C Smith (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Robert L Allman (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Van Kennon (photo, grave photo)
FindAGrave - Lieut Van Kennon (photo, memorial marker photo)

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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