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  B-25D-15 "Available Jones" Serial Number 41-30374  
USAAF
5th AF
312th BG
388th BS

Former Assignments
22nd BG
2nd BS

Pilot  1st Lt. Anthony Hartley, O-660564 (MIA / KIA) Buffalo, NY
Co-Pilot  1st Lt. George J. Nichols, O-662974 (MIA / KIA) TN
Navigator  2nd Lt. Hugh H. Eaton, Jr., O-807396 27th Repair Squadron (MIA / KIA) VA
Passenger  Captain Sam D. Perry, O-916549 387th BS, Supply and Transport (MIA / KIA) AL
Passenger  1st Lt. Henry E. Felix, O-661732 (MIA / KIA) IL
Passenger  2nd Lt. Leo W. Tiberghien, O-674871 (MIA / KIA) TX
Asst Crew Chief  Sgt Claude O. Langlinais, 14071332 (MIA / KIA) LA
Crashed  February 21, 1944
MACR  3722

Aircraft History
Built by North American. Constructors Number 87-8539. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-25D-15 Mitchell serial number 41-30374. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 22nd Bombardment Group, 2nd Bombardment Squadron. Next, assigned 2nd Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

During February 1944, assigned to the 312th Bombardment Group, 388th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Available Jones". Assigned to crew chief Sgt Archie Kachel. When lost, engines R-2600-13 serial numbers 41-31117 and 43-37408.

Mission History
On February 21, 1944 took off from Port Moresby piloted by 1st Lt. Anthony Hartley on a flight via Garbutt Field bound for Brisbane. The regular crew chief, Sgt Archie Kachel was off duty and replaced by Sgt Claude O. Langlinais. This A-20 disappeared on the first leg of the flight. Most likely lost over the Coral Sea. When this B-25 failed to arrive, it was declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Search
Aircraft searching for this B-25 failed to locate any trace of the aircraft.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.

After the loss, the 312th Bombardment Group softball field at Gusap Airfield, was named "Hartley-Nichols Field" in honor of the pilot and co-pilot.

Langlinais also has a memorial marker at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Broussard, LA.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-25D-15 Mitchell 41-30374
Missing Air Crew Report 3722 (MACR 3722)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Anthony Hartley
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - George J. Nichols
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Hugh H. Eaton Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Sam D. Perry
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Henry E. Felix
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Leo W. Tiberghien
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Claude O. Langlinais
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-25D Mitchell 41-30374
FindAGrave - 1Lt Anthony Hartley (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - 1Lt George J Nichols (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - 2Lt Hugh Hamilton Eaton, Jr (photo, tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Capt Sam D Perry (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - 1Lt Henry E Felix (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - 2Lt Leo W Tiberghien (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Sgt Claude O Langlinais (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Claude O. Langlinais (memorial marker photo)
AAF MACR DB incorrectly has this aircraft listed as "B-25 41-31117" [sic]
Rampage of the Roaring 20s page 26, 60, 347, 360

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Last Updated
February 21, 2019

 

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