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  B-25J-10-NC Mitchell Serial Number 43-36149  
USAAF
11th AF
28th BG
77th BS

Pilot  1st Lt Leonard G. Larsen, O-556063 (MIA / KIA) Dallas, TX
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt Joseph F. Jellinghausen, Jr., O-778167 (MIA / KIA) Duncan, AZ
Nav-Bomb  2nd Lt Reno D. Zambonini (MIA / KIA) Prescott, AZ
Engineer  Cpl Israel S. Port, 39577074 (MIA / KIA) Los Angeles, CA
Radio  Cpl William A. Biggs, 15120503 (MIA / KIA) Columbus, OH
Gunner  Cpl Thomas C. Barnes, Jr., 34586171 (MIA / KIA) Birmingham, AL

Crashed  May 10, 1945 at 21:25
MARC  14408

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 no nose art or nickname. When lost, engines R-2600-13 serial numbers 41-27762 and 41-29470. Armed with 50 caliber machine gun serial numbers: 1265526, 1291579, 1265573, 1291260, 129??5, 1291?44, 1291555, 1291534, 1265777, 1291395, 1291563, 1264645, 1291576.

Mission History
On May 10, 1945 took off from Attu Airfield on a mission to attack shipping in the Kurile Strait and Kataoka Harbor off Shumshu Island. Weather was clear weather over the target.

Over the target, this B-25's passed over a large freighter and was hit by anti-aircraft fire in the left engine, causing it to catch fire. It was also believe that his co-pilot Jellinghausen might have been hit. A minute later, it was observed that his left landing gear extended from a loss of hydraulic pressure.

Larsen was heard to state over the radio: "This is Larsen in two-five, in flames and going down into the water." He continued to fly for five minuets at a low altitude of only 300' and then slowly descended, ditching approximately 3/4 of a mile offshore, 1/3 to 1/2 of the way up the coast of Shumshu Island. Observed to crash, Sgt Jack Parker a tail gunner in another B-25 stated (MACR 14408 page 6) "It didn't look to me as though anyone could have come out of that crash alive."

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Honolulu Cemetery (Punchbowl).

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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