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  B-25C-1 Mitchell Serial Number 41-13091  
5th AF
3rd BG
90th BS

Pilot  2nd Lt. Alfred P. Crosswhite, USAAF O-789797 (KIA / BR)
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. William R. Werden, USAAF O-797889 (KIA / BR)
Bombardier  S/Sgt Waythe Van Hoy, USAAF 18102538 (KIA / BR)
Radio Operator  Sgt Joseph A. Paradiso, USAAF 11024488 (KIA / BR)
Gunner  S/Sgt Thomas O. Evers, USAAF 39680590 (KIA / BR) CO
Crew Chief  S/Sgt Orville E. Luallen, USAAF 38032713 (KIA / BR)
Engineer  Sgt Henry Nerone, Jr, USAAF 11011605 (KIA / BR)
Passenger  2nd Lt. Jarvis E. Bishop, USAAF O-649015 (KIA / BR)
Passenger  S/Sgt Gardner F. Galeucia, USAAF 11024367 (KIA / BR)
Passenger  Cpl Albert W. Niedzwicki, USAAF 33001257 (KIA / BR) Baltimore, MD
Passenger  T/Sgt Albert L. Rowley, USAAF 6968484 (KIA / BR)

Crashed  December 15, 1942
MACR  16497

Aircraft History
Built by North American Aviation (NAA) in Inglewood. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 3rd Bombardment Group, 90th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On December 15, 1942 one of five B-25s from the 3rd Bomb Group that took off from Port Moresby on a flight bound for Charters Towers. Somewhere near Cooktown, this B-25 separated from the main group and was last seen heading towards the mountains and crashed.

Recovery of Remains
On November 3, 1943 an American recovery team visited the crash site and recovered the remains of the crew.

According to the Missing Aircrew Report 16497 (MACR 16497) :
"Five bodies recovered 3 November 1943 approximately 40 miles west of Cardwell, Queensland, had been definitely identified as the remains of Crosswhite, Evers, Galeucia, Luallen and Vanhoy.”

During July 16-18, 1945 the remains of the above five crew members were buried at Ipswich Cemetery (USAF Cemetery Brisbane)..

This B-25 crashed near Cooktown and was found the day of the crash and the remains of the crew were recovered. Today, someone has removed the wreckage piece by piece and it now sits on a property just north of Kennedy. The original landowners were extremely angry the wreckage had been removed.

The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. Postwar, the entire crew was permanently buried in a group burial at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery at section 79 site 361-361B.

Crosswhite also has a memorial marker at East Hill Cemetery in Bristol, TN.

Missing Air Crew Report 16497 (MACR 16497)
Australia @ War - Crash of a B-25 Mitchell on 15 December 1942

FindAGrave - Alfred P Crosswhite (group burial photo, photo)
FindAGrave - Alfred Parks Crosswhite (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - William R Werden, Jr (group burial photo, photo)
FindAGrave - Waythe Van Hoy (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Joseph A Paradiso (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Thomas Orland Evers (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Orville E Luallen (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Henry Nerone, Jr (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Jarvis E Bishop (group burial photo, photo)
FindAGrave - Gardner F Galeucia (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Corp Albert W Niedzwicki (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Albert Lee Rowley (group burial photo)
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this profile

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Last Updated
July 2, 2021


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