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  B-25C Mitchell Serial Number 41-12981  
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 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).

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.

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

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).
Thanks to Edward Rogers for additional information

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Last Updated
May 17, 2021


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