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"War Weary" Jack Fellows
Beardsley Sept 12, 1944
Richard Leahy 2000
|Pilot 1st Lt. John Fabale, O-799548 (survived) New Britian, CT
Co-Pilot F/O. Harrison T. Beardsley, T-637737 (survived)
Engineer S/Sgt Robert G Simmons, 33723545 (survived)
Radio Sgt Joe S Lopez, 38121892 (survived)
Passenger Captain Leroy F. Puthoff, O-669107 (survived)
Passenger 1st Lt Robert F Kuechler, O-1108791 (survived)
Passenger 2nd Lt Robert A. Prentice, O-765067 (surived)
Passenger 2nd Lt Robert E. Buchanan , O-76003 (survived)
Passenger S/Sgt William M. Collier, 32385394 (survived)
Passenger Sgt William Kelly, 35035859 (survived)
Force Landed September 11, 1944
Built by North American. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-25D-5-NA Mitchell serial number 41-30099. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia.
On April 5, 1943 Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 345th Bombardment Group, 501st Bombardment Squadron. Converted to a B-25D-1 strafer by the 4th Air Depot at Garbutt Field in Townsville. Nicknamed "The Wolf Pack". In total, this B-25 flew over 100 combat missions in New Guinea before it was lost. Regular pilots included Marston, McKenney and Milton N. Harper who completed his tour of duty flying this aircraft. Assigned to crew chief was Mike H. Juroshek. When lost, engines: left 42-77543 and right 42-77628. Weapon serial number not listed in Missing Air Crew Report 13263 (MACR 13263).
During the flight, the pair of B-25 flew at 8,500' until pilot Fabale broke formation in clouds and suffered an engine failure and was last seen over the upper Keram portion of the Sepik
River. When this aircraft failed to arrive, it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA). In fact, Fable made a wheels up force landing into a kunai grass swamp approximately fifty miles from Annenberg at roughly Lat 4° 40' S Long 144° 21' E.
Today, this B-25 remains in situ in swamp it force landed. Over the years, instruments have been taken by visitors. The cockpit canopy frames and top turret are missing or removed.
Sept 11, 1944
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