|Pilot 1st Lt. Milton Kellum, O-735599 (MIA / KIA) Cadiz, IN
Gunner Harry K. Hinkle, 14073980 (MIA / KIA) SC
Ditched June 17, 1944
Built by Douglas. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as A-20G-25-DO Havoc serial number 43-9406.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group, 8th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.
On June 17, 1944 took off from Hollandia Airfield on a strike mission against Babo Airfield. Over the target, damaged by anti-aircraft fire and crashed in the Kasira River one mile from Moemi beach near Babo.
Both crew were officially declared dead the day of the mission. Kellum earned the Silver Star, Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously. Hinkle earned the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and Purple Heart, posthumously.
Both crew are memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.
Kellum is memorialized on his parents grave at Mechanicsburg Cemetery in Mechanicsburg, IN.
Hinkle also has a memorial marker at Four Holes Baptist Church Cemetery in Orangeburg, SC.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - A-20G-25-DO Havoc 43-9406
"9406 (3rd BG, 8th BS) hit by AAA and crashed into Kasira River near Babo, Dutch East Indies Jun 17, 1944. MACR 6300. Both crew KIA."
Missing Air Crew Report
6300 (MACR 6300)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Milton T. Kellum
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Harry K. Hinkle
FindAGrave - 1Lt Milton T Kellum (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Milton T Kellum (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Harry K Hinkle (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Harry Kenneth Hinkle (memorial marker photo)
Thanks to Edward Rogers for additional information
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February 4, 2018