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  B-25G-5 Mitchell Serial Number 42-64881  
5th AF
38th BG
823rd BS

Pilot  1st Lt. Donald T. Renshaw, O-796885 (MIA / KIA) Phoenixville, PA
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. Jesus P. Badia, O-678139 (MIA / KIA) Santurce, Puerto Rico
Navigator  1st Lt. Justus W. Bachman, O-671252 (MIA / KIA) Lubbock, TX
Radio/Gunner  SSgt Charles D. Plageman, 33221034 (MIA / KIA) Richmond, VA
Crew Chief  TSgt Norman L. Nelson, 17018599 (MIA / KIA) Fremont, NB
Passenger  1st Lt. Calhoun P. Narten, O-795435 (MIA / KIA) Cleveland, OH
Passenger  Sgt William D'Elia, 32418978 (MIA / KIA) Maspeth, NY
Passenger  Captain James F. Coleman, O-174067 HQ, US Army Service of Supply (MIA / KIA) Abbeville, NC
Passenger  1st Lt. John L. Youngblood, 1647816 832nd Signal Service Company (MIA / KIA) Waycross, GA
Passenger  1st Lt. Jack E. Thomas, O-659606 90th BG, 400th BS (MIA / KIA) Warsaw, IN
Passenger  S/Sgt Wilfred H. Chretien, Jr., 8th Air Service Group, 11th Squadron (MIA / KIA) Woonsocket, RI
MIA  January 28, 1944
MACR  3040

Aircraft History
Built by North American. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-25G-5 Mitchell serial number 42-64881. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 38th Bombardment Group, 823rd Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. This B-25 was flown to Garbutt Field near Townsville and converted to a strafer version at the 4th Air Depot. When lost, engines R-2600-13 serial numbers (left) 42-46637 (right) 41-28019. Weapon serial numbers not listed in Missing Air Crew Report 3040 (MACR 3040).

Mission History
On January 28, 1944 took off at 11:30am from Garbutt Field near Townsville on a ferry flight bound for 17 Mile Drome (Durand) near Port Moresby. Aboard were passengers from the 823rd Bombardment Squadron and other U. S. Army units. There was a weather front between New Guinea and Australia the day of the mission. This B-25 was presumed to have gone missing over the Coral Sea. When this B-25 failed to arrive it was declared Missing In Action (MIA).

After being declared missing 5th Air Force Air Sea rescue was notified. B-25s from the 38th Bombardment Group extensively searched for this missing plane. A B-25 en route to Townsville reported possible wreckage of this aircraft roughly 97 miles south of Port Moresby. On February 2, 1944 a search mission was flown by B-25G 42-64810 that also went missing. Afterwards, search efforts expanded for both aircraft, without results.

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.

Renshaw earned the Air Medal. He also has a memorial marker at Saint Ann Cemetery in Phoenixville, PA.

Plageman and Narten earned the Air Medal.

Thomas earned the Air Medal and the Purple Heart. He also has a memorial marker Oakwood Cemetery in Warsaw, IN, section 6.

Coleman also has a memorial marker at Melrose Cemetery in Abbeville, SC.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-25G-5 Mitchell 42-64881
"64881 (38th BG) lost Jan 28, 1944, SW Pacific."
Missing Air Crew Report 3040 (MACR 3040)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Donald T. Renshaw
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Jesus P. Badia
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Justus W. Bachman
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Charles D. Plageman
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Norman L. Nelson
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Calhoun P. Narten
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - William D'Elia
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - James F. Coleman
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John L. Youngblood
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Jack E. Thomas

American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Wilfred H. Chretien, Jr.
FindAGrave - 1Lt Donald Travis Renshaw (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Donald Travis Renshaw (memorial marker)
FindAGrave - 2Lt Jesus P Badia (photo, tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Justus W. Bachman (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - SSgt Charles Donald Plageman (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - TSgt Norman L Nelson (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 1Lt Calhoun Peter Narten (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Sgt William D'Elia (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - CAPT James Finley Coleman (photo, tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - James Finley Coleman (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - 1Lt Jack Elliot Thomas (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Jack Elliot Thomas (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - Wilfred H. Chretien, Jr. (tablets of the missing)
CILHI list, page 16, 25

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Last Updated
February 14, 2020


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