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  B-25D Mitchell Serial Number ?  
USAAF
5th AF
71st TRG
17th TRS

Pilot  Captain Sumner G. Lind, O-429665 (MIA / KIA) MN
Observer  1st Lt. Francis M. Hueben, O-669048 (MIA / KIA) KS
Armour/Gunner  SSgt Harry E. Lamb, 39314037 (MIA / KIA) OR
Photo/Gunner  SSgt Howard W. Hodges, 20445723 (MIA / KIA) LA
Radio/Gunner  SSgt Joseph T. Beuter, 19013295
(MIA / KIA) CA
MIA  June 8, 1944
MACR  16121 and 16311

Aircraft History
Built by North American. U. S. Army serial number unknown. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 71st Tactical Reconnaissance Group, 17th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On June 8, 1944 took off from Wakde Airfield (Mission #160 B-310) as part of a strike by a total of ten B-25s sent to attack six Japanese destroyers bound for Biak during "Battle of Cape Waios". The formation flying in a "V of V's" located the convoy headed due east at 0° 50' E 132° 50' E, then broke up into two ship elements to attack. According to the B-25s, the convoy consisted of two cruisers and four destroyers and met intense anti-aircraft fire.

Directly over the convoy, this B-25 was hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed. Also lost were B-25D piloted by Wood and B-25D piloted by Tennille. Four destroyers were claimed by the B-25s, but in fact only Destroyer Harusame was sunk.

After the mission, General MacArthur commented on the B-25s: "The job was magnificently done," General Ennis Whitehead who said, "This squadron has this date performed one of the finest military feats of the war." Of the seven B-25s that returned, five were damaged.

Memorials
The entire crew was presumed dead the day of the mission. Memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

References
Note: this loss appears to have two duplicate MACR numbers 16121 and 16311.
Co-pilot Baggese is mispelled "Brggesse" on the MACR
"How Jap Flotillas Sank" by Spencer Davis, AP Staff Writer, CALL-BULLETIN June 13, 1944
17th Special Operations Squadron History - June 8, 1944 reference
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Sumner G. Lind
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Francis N. Hueben
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Harry E. Lamb
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Howard W. Hodges
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Joseph T. Beuter

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

Tech Info
B-25

MIA
MIA
5 Missing

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