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  B-25J-10-NC Mitchell Serial Number 43-36140  
USAAF
11th AF
28th BG
77th BS

Pilot  2nd Lt. Raymond B. Lewis, O-778190 (MIA / KIA) NY
Co-Pilot  F/O Edward N. F. Burrows, T-006374 (MIA / KIA) Washington, VT
Navigator / Bombardier  2nd Lt. Milton E. Zack, O-707368 (POW, survived) MA
Crew  Robert D. Trant, 38459245 (POW, survived)
Crew  Walter Bailey, 14133548 (POW, survived) NC
Crew  Cpl William E. Bradley, 35870807 (MIA / KIA) WV

Crashed  May 19, 1945
MACR  9457

Aircraft History
Built by North American. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried to Alaska.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 11th Air Force, 28th Bombardment Group, 77th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On May 19, 1945 took off from Attu Airfield (Alexai) on Attu Island as one of eight B-25s on a bombing mission against the Minami Cape radar installation and cannery on the Naka River on Shimushu. Reaching the target area, intense anti-aircraft fire and enemy fighters drove off the formation. Only one B-25 got near the target to drop its bombs and strafe the area.

This B-25 was experiencing problems with its right engine, and also had a wing external fuel tank that would not release. As it approached the coastline of Shimushu, there was a loud noise and the starboard propeller broke off. Immediately, they salvoed all their bombs, and hoped to make it to Russia. Unable to climb, the B-25 force landed on the snow covered beach and skidded to a stop, and the crew escaped without wounds.

Fate of the Crew
A Japanese fighter circled the crash site, and later a group of Japanese soldiers arrived, fired shots and the entire crew surrendered. Marched and beaten up and interned in a civilian jail. Then interrogated on Paramushir.

Zack was flown to Hokkaido and interred in a POW Camp. Bailey and Trant were transported by ship to Hokkaido and were later interred with Zack in the POW camp. These three survived the war as prisoners. At the end of the war, all three were liberated from Hakodate POW Camp-Babai - Machi Hokkaido Island 41-140.

The other three crew members were transported on the Tenryo Maru, that was torpedoed and sank, and all were lost. Their date of death is recorded as May 29, 1945.

Memorials
The three crew members who died aboard the Tenryo Maru are memorialized on the courts of the missing, court 7 at Honolulu National Cemetery (Punchbowl).

References
Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 9457
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Raymond S. Lewis
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Edward N. F. Burrows
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - William E. Bradley
NARA World War II Prisoners of War Data File - Milton E. Zack (first record)
NARA World War II Prisoners of War Data File - Milton E. Zack (second record)
NARA World War II Prisoners of War Data File - Robert D. Trant
NARA World War II Prisoners of War Data File - Walter Bailey
FindAGrave - Corp William E Bradley (courts of the missing photo)
Kurile Islands Mission - 2nd Lt. Milton E. Zack, USAAC,11th AF 77th BS
Mitt's Memories - Part III (down as of 2009)
Thanks to Russ Rendon and Ted Darcy for additional information.

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

Tech Info
B-25

POW/MIA
POW / MIA
3 Prisoners
3 Missing

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