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  B-24G-5 Mitchell Serial Number 42-64893  
USAAF
7th AF
41st BG
820th BS

Pilot  1st Lt. Gerard J. Galvin, O-794392 (MIA / KIA) MA
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. John T. Moyer, O-742199 (MIA / KIA) CA
Navigator  1st Lt. Charles F. Jennings, O-789776 (MIA / KIA) MA
Radio  T/Sgt Steve J. Miko, 20522617 (MIA / KIA) Cleveland, OH
Gunner  S/Sgt John W. Major, 11044267(MIA / KIA) RI
Gunner  Cpl Samuel A. Bush, 14134088 (MIA / KIA) TN
MIA  January 2, 1944
MACR  1586

Aircraft History
Built by North American. Delivered to the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24G-5 Mitchell serial number 42-64893. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field to the Central Pacific.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 7th Air Force (7th AF), 41st Bombardment Group (41st BG), 820th Bombardment Squadron (820th BS). No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On January 2, 1944 took off from Tarawa Airfield (Hawkins Field) piloted by 1st Lt. Gerard J. Galvin as one of nine B-25s on a low altitude strike against Emiej Island (Imeji) in Jaluit Atoll. Hit by anti-aircraft fire, and damaged. Reportedly losing part of its right wing which struck the tail and cause the plane to invert, then crashed into the lagoon off Imroij. After the war, the Japanese reported all died in the crash.

Wreckage
The debris field of this aircraft was discovered in 1998 by Matt Holly. Interviews with locals by Matt Holly reveals that the bodies were originally brought onto the beach, and personal effects removed, then dumped on the far side of the reef, near the crash site by the locals under orders from the Japanese.

Memorials
The entire crew was declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl). on the tablets of the missing, court 7

Relatives
Steven Miko (son of Steve J. Miko)
"Miko enlisted February 2, 1940 and was assigned to anti-submarine surveillance on the East Coast off of the Carolinas. He awarded the Air Medal. His flight records show that he died on his 20th combat mission in the Pacific Region. All except one on a B-24, were flown on B-25's. Many were with the same pilot, Galvin. The flight he died was the first from APO 240; the mission was listed as C-SS."

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-25G-5 Mitchell 42-64893

"64893 (41st BG, 820th BS) tail shot off by AAA at Jaluit Atoll, Marshall Jan 2, 1944. MACR 1586. 6 KIA."
Missing Air Crew Report 1586 (MACR 1586)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Charles F. Jennings
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John T. Moyer
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Charles F. Jennings
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Steve J. Miko
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John W. Major
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Samuel A. Bush
Thanks to Matt Holly for additional information

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Last Updated
February 18, 2020

 

Tech Info
B-25

SCUBA
90-100'

MIA
MIA
6 Missing
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