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  B-25J-30/32-NC Mitchell Serial Number 44-31065  
USAAF
5th AF
345th BG
501st BS

Pilot  2nd Lt. George H. Vincent, O-765157 (KIA, BR) Depew, OK
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. William J. Mulligan, Jr., O-2027140 (KIA, BR) Rochester, NY
Bombardier-Navigator  2nd Lt. Diedrich J. Meinken, O-712458 (KIA, BR) Cincinnati, OH
Engineer-Gunner  SSgt Jack Weiner, 32903586 (KIA, BR) Bronx, NY
Radio-Gunner  SSgt Bruce T. Duguid, 19201053 (KIA, BR) Corvallis, OR
Crashed  August 10, 1945
MACR  15976

Aircraft History
Built by North American during 1944. Constructors Number 108-31065. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-25J-30/32-NC Mitchell serial number 44-31065.

Wartime History
During June 1945, assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 345th Bombardment Group, 501st Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On August 10, 1945 took off from Ie Shima Airfield on Ie Shima piloted by 2nd Lt. George H. Vincent on mission led by B-25J Mitchell 44-30993 piloted by 1st Lt. Wilkinson to search for Japanese shipping in the Sea of Japan off southern Honshu in Japan and Korea.

Over the Tsushima Straits, 1st Lt. Wilkinson's flight spotted a small fishing boat and a boat building village near the mouth of a stream. During their strafing run, B-25J Mitchell 44-30993 was damaged by anti-aircraft fire. Next to attack, this B-25 was also hit by anti-aircraft fire in the left engine and crashed into the sea roughly 100 yards off the vessel and exploded on impact.

Memorials
The entire crew were officially declared dead the day of the mission. Two of the crew are buried at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl). Vincent at section C, grave 492. Weiner at section F, grave 1243.
Mulligan is buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Rochester, NY at Section NO6, lot 274, grave 3N-W.
Meinken is buried at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, OH at section 104, lot 13.
Duguid is buried Olathe Memorial Cemetery in Olathe, KS.

References
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - George H. Vincent
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - William J. Mulligan, Jr.
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Diedrich J. Meinken
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Bruce T. Duguid
USAF Serial Number Search Results - 44-31065
Missing Air Crew Report 15976 (MACR 15976)
Warpath Across The Pacific page 347, 380, 401, 448 (index)
FindAGrave - George H Vincent (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Lieut William J Mulligan (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Lieut Diedrich J. Meinken (grave photo)
FindAGrave - SSGT Jack Weiner (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Bruce Thomas Duguid (photo, grave photo)

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

Tech Info
B-25
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