|Pilot 1st Lt William T. Kyser, O-415376 (MIA / KIA) AL
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt Richard E. Whitman, O-735717 (MIA / KIA) FL
Bomb 1st Lt Homer A. Stine, O-662312 (MIA / KIA) WV
Engineer S/Sgt Charles S. Sebastian, 16077959 (MIA / KIA) IL
Radio S/Sgt Marshall T. Marks, 36207466 (MIA / KIA) WI
Gunner Sgt Sam G. Vojnovich, 13155497 (MIA / KIA) PA
MIA December 26, 1943 at 2:42pm
Built by North American. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group, 90th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Here's Howe" with a shark nose marking on the nose. When lost, engines R-2600-13 serial numbers (left) 41-29341 (right) 41-29309.
This B-25 flew the November 2, 1943 mission against Rabaul and was photographed departing the target.
Later during November 1943, this model D-10 was modified to a D-1 strafer variant at the 4th Air Depot at Garbutt Field near Townsville. After conversion, assigned to the 345th Bombardment Group, 500th Bombardment Squadron on November 30, 1943. When lost, engines R-2600-13 serial numbers: left 41-29341 and right 41-29309.
On December 26, 1943 took off from Dobodura Airfield on a low level attack on Cape Gloucester. Weather was 1,000' ceiling and visibility 3 miles. Over the target, this B-25 was fired on by U. S. Navy anti-aircraft gunners as it flew over landing craft, whose crews mistook it for an enemy plane, because Japanese aircraft were attacking the area at the same time. Hit, this bomber flipped over and crashed in flames into Borgen Bay, a mile offshore from Silimati Point at 2:42pm. The entire crew was killed in the crash. The shoot down and crash were recorded on film by an observer in one of the landing craft.
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
Marks has a memorial marker at Pleasant View Methodist Church Cemetery in Belmont, WI
Belmont. Vojnovich has a memorial marker at
Greenwood Memorial Cemetery in Florala, AL.
USAF - B-25
Missing Air Crew Report 1847 (MACR 1847)
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-25D-1 Mitchell 41-30279
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - William T. Kyser
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Richard E. Whitman
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Homer A. Stine
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Charles S. Sebastian
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Marshall T. Marks
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Sam Vojnovich
Marshall Thomas Marks (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - Sam Vojnovich
Warpath Across The Pacific pages 105, 367, 393
Tuluvu's Air War Chapter IX by Richard Dunn
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February 14, 2020