Lt. Frederick W. Schierloh, Jr. (KIA, BR) NJ
Lt. Wilbur B. Ridout (KIA, BR) Iowa Falls, IA
Leo J. McMahon (KIA, BR) CT
Crashed February 5, 1943
Built by North American in Inglewood, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group, 90th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. Ferried to Australia arriving on April 23, 1942.
On February 5, 1943 took off
Moresby on a practice bombing mission against the wreck of the SS
Pruth. Over the target, this B-25's tail collided with the mast of the wreck,
and tore off the entire tail, causing the bomber to immediately
crash into the sea with no survivors.
Schierloh is buried in Union Cemetery, Ramsey, NJ. The other crew are presumably buried in private burials in their hometowns. Ridout is buried at Jackson Township Cemetery in Owasa, IA. McMahon is buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) at section F grave 803.
Mason City Globe-Gazette "Reburial Rites For War Victim Mason City, IA, March 2, 1948, p, 6, Col. 6-7
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-25C Mitchell 41-12502
FindAGrave - Frederick W Schierloh, Jr.
FindAGrave - Lieut Wilbur B. Ridout
FindAGrave - Corp Leo J McMahon (grave photo)
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February 14, 2020