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  B-25J-15/17-NC Mitchell Serial Number 44-28820  
5th AF
38th BG
405th BS

Pilot  2nd Lt. Howard J. Drumm, O-815669 (MIA / KIA)
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Lawrence R. Hankins, O-715202 (MIA / KIA)
Navigator  2nd Lt. George R. Mims, O-685686 (MIA / KIA)
Radio  TSgt Albert E. Stevens, 38070562 (MIA / KIA)
Engineer  SSgt Carl E. Dubke, 32930614 (MIA / KIA)
Armor-Gunner  SSgt Ralph C. Somers, 13083883 (MIA / KIA)

Ditched  December 30, 1944
MACR  11510

AIrcraft History
Built by North American. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to the Pacific.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 38th Bombardment Group, 405th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. When lost, engines R-2600-29 serial numbers 43-29494 and 43-29099.

Mission History
On December 30, 1944 took off from Pitu Airfield (Pitoe) on Morotai on a strafing mission against Tarakan Airfield. Over the target, observed to fly over two large bursts of heavy anti-aircraft fire and dropped into a clearing, crashed and burned. The entire crew was declared dead the day of the mission.

Recovery of Remains
Postwar, the remains of the crew plus an unknown were recovered.

The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. Drumm, Dubke, Mims, Hankins, Somers, Stevens and an unknown were buried in a group burial at Little Rock National Cemetery in Little Rock, AR at plot 13 site 97.

FindAGrave - Ralph C. Somers (photo)
FindAGrave - Carl N. Dubke (photo)
FindAGrave - Albert E. Stevens (photo)
FindAGrave - George R. Mims (photo)
FindAGrave - Lawrence R. Hankins (photo)
FndAGrave - Howard J. Dumm (photo)

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Last Updated
August 10, 2019


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