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  B-25C Mitchell Serial Number 41-12981  
USAAF
5th AF
3rd BG
90th BS

Former Assignments
13th BS

Pilot  1st Lt. Roy J. Moore, O-724636 (MIA / KIA) TX
Co-Pilot  1st Lt. Donald L. Scott, O-732586 (MIA / KIA) Riverside, CA
Radio  Pfc Clifford O. Govier, 36218937 3rd BG, 13th BS (MIA / KIA) Lancaster, WI
Gunner  SSgt Bennie Estep, 20510644 (MIA / KIA) London, OH
MIA  May 22, 1943 at 8:00pm
MACR  4405

Aircraft History
Built by North American Aviation (NAA) in Inglewood. Delivered to the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-25C Mitchell serial number 41-12981. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group (3rd BG), 13th Bombardment Squadron (13th BS). Assigned to pilot Launder. Attached to the 90th Bombardment Squadron (90th BS) for flying duties only. No known nickname or nose art. When lost, engines R-2600-13 serial numbers 41-31198 and 41-37044. Weapon serial numbers not listed in Missing Air Crew Report 4405 (MACR 4405).

Mission History
On May 22, 1943 at 6:30pm took off from Dobodura No. 4 Airfield (Horanda Drome) piloted by 1st Lt. Roy J. Moore on a night reconnaissance mission against Japanese barge traffic off the north coast of New Guinea. Weather was possibly bad over the coast of New Guinea. This B-25 was last heard from in the vicinity of Kerema. This B-25 failed to return and the entire crew was declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Search
According to a 90th Bomb Group diary, several B-25 Mitchells from the 90th Bombardment Squadron searched for this plane the next morning, without results.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead on December 17, 1945. All are memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.

Moore earned the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Scott earned the Purple Heart, posthumously. He also has a memorial marker at Evergreen Memorial Park and Mausoleum in Riverside, CA.

Govier earned the Purple Heart, posthumously. He also has a memorial marker at Hillside Cemetery in Lancaster, WI at east 146 2.

Estep earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.

References
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Roy J. Moore
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Donald L. Scott
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Clifford O. Govier
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Bennie Estep
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-25C Mitchell 41-12981
"12981 (3rd BG) MIA May 22, 1943. MACR 4405"
Missing Air Crew Report 4405 (MACR 4405)
90th Bombardment Squadron WWII Combat Log [90th Bombardment Squadron Diary] May 22, 1943
[B-25C 41-12981] "last heard from in the vicinity of Karema"(sic Kerema
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Roy J. Moore
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Donald L. Scott
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Clifford O. Govier
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Bennie Estep
FindAGrave - 1Lt Roy J Moore (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 1Lt Donald L Scott (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Lieut Donald Lee Scott (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - PFC Clifford O Govier (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Clifford Orval Govier (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Bennie Estep (tablets of the missing photo)
Thanks to Edward Rogers for additional information

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Last Updated
July 2, 2021

 

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