|Pilot Capt. Raymond T. Petersen, O-022087 C.O., 90th BS (MIA / KIA) Woodbridge, NY
Co-Pilot P/O Robert Murray Wilson, RAAF 406122 (MIA / KIA) Mt. Lawley, WA
Gunner S/Sgt Julian J. Champagne, USAAF 11019142 (survived)
Radio/Gunner Sgt James Campbell Graham, RAAF 405732 (survived)
Crashed November 24, 1942
Built by North American Aviation. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-25C Mitchell serial number 41-12996. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group, 90th Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
On November 24, 1942 took off on a bombing mission over the Vitiaz Strait. Aboard was Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) co-pilot P/O Robert Murray Wilson. Crashed into the sea off the north coast of New Guinea in the vicinity of French Harbor.
Fates of the Crew
Both gunners survived and later returned to duty after a long escape and evasion.
The two killed in the crash were officially declared dead the day of the mission. Petersen is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. Wilson was officially declared dead the day of the mission. Wilson is commemorated at the Lae War Cemetery on the Lae Memorial, panel 6.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-25C Mitchell 41-12996
"12996 MIA Nov 26, 1942"
P/O Wilson's Casualty File (NAA: A705, 163/178/475)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Raymond T. Petersen
FindAGrave - Maj Raymond T Petersen (obituary)
WW2 Nominal Roll - J C Graham
CWGC - Robert Murray Wilson
Thanks to Daniel Leahy and Edward Rogers for research and analysis.
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February 4, 2018