|Pilot 1st Lt. John S. Bromage, O-789129 (MIA / KIA) NJ
Co-Pilot F/O Robert L. Sturm, T-186409 (MIA / KIA) WV
Ditched July 23, 1943
Built by North American. Delivered to the U. S. Army, serial number unknown.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group,a 13th Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
On July 23, 1943 took off from Horanda Drome, (Dobodura 4) on a mission to bomb and strafe Malolo. Returning, this B-25 hit the surface of the sea south of Salamaua and was unable to regain control and ditched into the sea. Both pilots were killed in the crash. The rest of the crew were seen swimming to shore and were later rescued.
Bromage and Sturm were officially declared dead the day of the mission. Both are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. Sturm also has memorial marker at Stringtown Cemetery in Belington, WV.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John S Bromage
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Robert L. Sturm
1Lt John S Bromage (tablets of the missing photo, photo)
FindAGrave - FltOff Robert L Sturm (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Robert L. Sturm (memorial marker photo)
Thanks to Edward Rogers for research and analysis
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January 5, 2018