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  B-25H-1 Mitchell Serial Number 43-4129  
USAAF
5th AF
308th BW
418th NFS

Pilot  1st Lt. Gordon J. Schmeisser, O-728029 (MIA / KIA) WI
Radio-Observer  2nd Lt. Theodore E. Kara, O-869592 (MIA / KIA) OH
Gunner  Sgt Vernon A. Patterson, 38447259 (MIA / KIA) AR
Radio  Sgt Isaac D. Leslie, 35260111 (MIA / KIA) OH

MIA  August 5, 1944
MACR  8784

Aircraft History
Built by North American in Inglewood, California. Assigned to the U.S. Army. Ferried overseas to New Guinea.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 308th Bombardment Wing, 418th Night Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. When lost, engine R-2600-13 serial numbers 43-2309 and 43-23741.

Mission History
On August 2, 3 and 4 this B-25 flew combat missions from Owi Airfield then was flown to Mokmer Drone on August 5, 1944. Next, at 7:10pm, took off from Mokmer Drone on Biak Island on a night intruder mission scheduled to arrive over Laha at 22:00. Other sources list the mission as a reconnaissance from Biak and Ambon. After take off, there was no radio contact or sightings of this bomber.

A second B-25 piloted by Lt. Harrington scheduled to take off afterwards aborted the mission due to bad weather over the target area and turned back 70 miles from the target and returned to base.

Search
The next morning, Air-Sea Rescue was notified of the missing B-25. On August 7, two Catalinas: Daylight 12 and 12 searched the area of the mission but reported nil findings. Afterwards, two or three Catalinas searched several areas without results: McCluer Gulf, Ceram Sea, Seleman Bay and Geelvink Bay.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared on February 14, 1946. All are memorialized on the tablets of missing Manila American Cemetery.

References
Missing Air Crew Report 8784 (MACR 8784)

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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