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  B-25C "Miss Snafu" Serial Number 41-12487  
5th AF
3rd BG
90th BS

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USAAF c1943
Pilot  1st Lt Nelson P. "Lefty" Ingram Jr., O-790345 3rd BG, 90th BS (MIA / KIA) NC
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt John A. Key Jr., O-668009 3rd BG, 90th BS (MIA / KIA) MS
Gunner  S/Sgt Walter F. Clifford, 20324825 3rd BG, 13th BS (MIA / KIA) PA
Gunner  S/Sgt Redus W. Harrell, 6971071 3rd BG, 90th BS (MIA / KIA) MS

Crashed  May 15, 1943
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by North American in Inglewood, California. Assigned to the Netherlands East Indies Air Force (NEIAF), but instead retained by the U.S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group, 90th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Miss Snafu". Assigned to Robert D. Chatt with co-pilot 2nd Lt. Clifford "Kip" Wonderly.

Mission History
On May 15, 1943 took off from 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby piloted by Ingram on a night attack against Lae, the approach being from the Markham Valley to Huon Gulf. It is thought that this B-25 might have crashed on the seaward end of Lae Airfield. When this B-25 failed to return the crew was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).

The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. The entire crew were memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. Harrell also has a memorial marker at Terry Cemetery in Terry, MS.

American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Nelson P. Ingram Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John A. Key Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Walter F. Clifford
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Redus W. Harrell

FindAGrave - 1LT Nelson P Ingram, Jr (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - 2Lt John A Key, Jr (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - SSgt Walter F Clifford (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Redus W Harrell (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Sgt Redus William Harrell (memorial marker photo)
3rd Bombardment Group History microfilm frame 593 9085
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-25C Mitchell 41-12487
Thanks to Edward Rogers and Scott Wonderly for additional information

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Last Updated
February 18, 2020


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