|Pilot Captain Louis H. Beneke, O-375989 (KIA) Philadelphia, PA
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Raymond F. Gundlach, O-702420 (KIA) New York, NY
Engineer Cpl William J. Vine, Jr., 32880413 (KIA) Long Island, NY
Radio Cpl Robert J. Gaddis, 32719679 (KIA, BR) New Rochelle, NY
Crashed September 29, 1944 at 9:31am
Built by North American. Constructors Number 108-36382.
Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field to the South-West Pacific Area (SWPA).
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 8th Service Group (8 SrG), 7th Airdrome Squadron (7th ADS) part of the Far East Air Force - Combat Replacement Training Center (FEAF - CRTC) at Nadzab Airfield. No known nickname or nose art. When lost, engines R-2600-29 serial number 43-28665 and 43-28176. Weapon serial numbers listed in MACR 14298.
On September 29, 1944 took off from Nadzab Airfield on a ferry flight bound for Noemfoor Island.
This B-25 was last sighted by the tower at Finschafen Airfield. When this aircraft failed to return the crew was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA). In fact, this B-25 crashed near Mount Sarawaket in the Finisterre Mountains (Finisterres) at an elevation of 10,250'.
On October 10, 1948 this aircraft was visited by American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) and the remains of the crew were recovered.
During 1979, this B-25 was relocated by Richard Leahy and reported to U. S. Army CILHI.
On April 21, 1979 U. S. Army CILHI including Colonel Bill Flick with Richard Leahy visited the crash site and recovered additional remains. The crash site was coded 04CIL79. The cockpit clock was found stopped at 0931, with the compass on a course bearing of 2800. All recoverable remains were recovered.
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. After the recovery of remains, the crew were transported to the United States for permanent burial.
Missing Air Crew Report 14298 (MACR 14298) created October 5, 1944
FindAGrave - Robert J Gaddis (grave photo)
Thanks to Richard Leahy for additional information
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February 4, 2018