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|Pilot 1st Lt. Eugene Nirdlinger, O-798567 (MIA / KIA, BR) PA
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt Jacob E. Hedenquist, Jr., O-829477 (MIA / KIA, BR)
Bombardier / Navigator 1st Lt. John Scalzone, O-729574 (MIA / KIA, BR)
Engineer-Gunner Sgt Herbert Ratnoff (MIA / KIA, BR)
Radio-Gunner TSgt William J. Welch, Jr., 31017833 (MIA / KIA, BR)
Gunner SSgt Henry G. Romaine, 20245444 (MIA / KIA, BR)
Crashed August 15, 1944
Over Ternate, this bomber's bomb racks malfunctioned and did not drop. Instead, Nirdlinger proceeded to make a second bomb run against a a small ship tied up to the jetty at Dodinga on the western side of Halmahera Island, with B-25D "Quitch" 41-30518 piloted by 1st Lt. John J. Nolan. Approaching the jetty, anti-aircraft fire opened up. After dropping its bombs, both B-25 pulled up to climb over the hills surrounding the target. Possibly, this B-25 was damaged by anti-aircraft fire.
While pulling up, this B-25's tail impacted the the wing of B-25D "Quitch" 41-30518 damaging the right wing. From of the impact, the tail of this bomber broke off and immediately crashed nose first into the hillside and exploded on impact, killing the entire crew. When this B-25 failed to return, it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA). Also damaged, struggled to maintain control and ditched off Kamiri on Noemfoor Island.
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