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  PBJ-1D Mitchell Bureau Number 35114  
USMC
VMB-443

Pilot  1st Lt. Charles W. Sieben, O-029485 (MIA / KIA) Great Falls, MT
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. John James Zelmer, O-038678 (MIA / KIA) MI
Crew  SSgt Arthur C. Thielen, 457617 (MIA / KIA) NB
Crew  Cpl Bernard F. Banker, 402422 (MIA / KIA) ME
Crew  Sgt Frederick J. Seitz, 805785 (MIA / KIA) Erie County, NY
Crew  TSgt Paul Junior Rogers, 806282 (MIA / KIA) PA
Crew  TSgt Clarence H. Post, 443718 (MIA / KIA) Ulster County, NY
Crew  TSgt James Henry Mons, 419274 (MIA / KIA) NY

MIA  August 6, 1945


Aircraft History
Built by North American. Assigned U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-25D-25 Mitchell serial number 42-87197. Assigned to the U. S. Navy (USN) as PBJ-1D Mitchell bureau number 35114.

Wartime History
Delivered to the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) to squadron VMB-443 "Fork-Tailed Devils". No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On August 6, 1945 took off from Palmyra Airfield and crashed into the sea near Palmyra Island. The entire crew was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead on August 6, 1945. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Honolulu Cemetery (Punchbowl) on panel 4.

Sieben also has a memorial marker at Highland Cemetery in Great Falls, Montana at monument section 11.
Thielen also has a memorial marker at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, OR at section MA, site 19.
Seitz also has a memorial marker at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Cheektowaga, NY at plot section Q, lot 14.

Relatives
Mark A. Murry (nephew of Frederick J Seitz)
"I have just found documents which prove that this plane did not go down in 1943, but in 1945. The documents are in the form of personal letters with postmarks from my Uncle Frederick J Seitz to my mother. They are dated as late as June 1945."

References
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Charles W. Sieben
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John James Zelmer
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Arthur C. Thielen
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Bernard F. Banker
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Frederick J. Seitz
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Paul Junior Rogers
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Clarence H. Post
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - James Henry Mons
FindAGrave - 1Lt Charles W Sieben (courts of the missing)
FindAGrave - Lieut Charles W Sieben (photo, memorial marker)
FindAGrave - 2Lt John James Zelmer (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Arthur C Thielen (memorial marker grave photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Arthur C Thielen (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Corp Bernard Francis Banker (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - PFC Frederick J Seitz (obituary, memorial marker)
FindAGrave - Sgt Frederick J Seitz (photo, courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - TSgt Paul Junior Rogers (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - TSgt Clarence H Post (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - TSgt James Henry Mons (courts of the missing photo)
USAF Serial Number Search Results B-25D-25 Mitchell 42-87197
Navy Serial Number Search Results PBJ-1D Mitchell 35114 date of crash incorrectly listed as 8/6/1943 [sic, 1945]
Thanks to Mark A. Murry for additional information

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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