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Pilot 1st Lt. Eugene R. Brogan, O-664510 (MIA / KIA) MI
Co-Pilot 1st Lt. Melvin R. Van Dyke, O-732597 (MIA / KIA) CA
Navigator 1st Lt. Hugh D. McNeil, O-731173 (MIA / KIA) DC
Engineer SSgt Leo E. Hamilton, 36055197 (MIA / KIA) IL
Radio SSgt William Pierce, 19081433 (MIA / KIA) CA
Gunner Sgt Frank Spognardi, 31137933 (MIA / KIA) MA
Photographer 1st Lt. Harold C. Moran, O-922782 13th AAFCCU (MIA / KIA) Santa Monica, CA
MIA June 22, 1943 at 9:20am
Built by North American. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-25C-5 Mitchell Serial Number 42-53404. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field to the South Pacific.
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 42nd Bombardment Group, 69th Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. When lost, engines R-2606-13 serial number 42-119630 and 42-119615. Weapon serial numbers unknown.
When this B-25 failed to return from the mission the entire crew was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA). As no enemy action was involved and the B-25 was last observed under control, it was deemed possible this bomber might have made a safe landing.
Two of th crew are memorialized on the courts of the missing at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl). Brogan and Moran on court 7. Brogan also has a memorial marker at Mount Hope Cemetery in Lansing, MI.
Five of the crew are memorialized on the courts of the missing at Manila American Cemetery including Van Dyke, McNeil, Hamilton, Pierce and Spognardi. Hamilton also has a memorial marker at New Robinson Cemetery in Robinson, IL.
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