|Pilot 1st Lt. Arthur C. Sanders, Jr., O-735670 (MIA / KIA) Coranado, CA
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Donn M. Francis, O-681882 (MIA / KIA) Los Angeles, CA
Engineer Pvt Isaac S. Rogers, 34133797 (MIA / KIA) Water Valley, MS
Radio SSgt Wayne E. Hegman, 39939522 (MIA / KIA) Oakland, CA
Gunner Sgt John J. Gallio, 31005672 (MIA / KIA) Killbury, MA
Crashed March 17, 1944 at 11:00am
Built by North American. Assigned to 10th Air Force, 341st Bombardment Group, 490th Bombardment Squadron. Plane number "29". No known nickname or nose art. When lost, engines R-2600-13 serial numbers (left) 43-21476 and (right) 42-271092. Weapon serial numbers noted in MACR.
On March 17, 1944 took off from Kurmitola Airfield in India on a low level mission over Shweli Bridge in Burma. Weather and visibility were reportedly good. After successfully bombing the bridge, the formation made a turn to the right to strafe anti-aircraft gun positions. This B-25 was observed flying parallel to the river and over the bridge. Three shell bursts were observed behind it and one burst below the left left wing, causing it to rolls, stall then spin and crash into the river and explode, roughly 1 1/2 miles north of the target area.
The entire crew was officially declared dead on January 19, 1946. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
Bill Moore adds:
"Our elderly Aunt's Brother was lost in this crash and we have just completed our research thus far."
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February 4, 2018