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  B-25G-5 Mitchell Serial Number 42-64954  
7th AF
41st BG
48th BS

Pilot  1st Lt. Henry M. Phillips, O-439095 (rescued) Pitt County, NC
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. Warren W. Huffstutter, O-688824 (rescued)
Bombardier-Navigator  2nd Lt. Charles J. Glownia, O-743778 (rescued) Hartford County, CT
Engineer-Gunner  SSgt George J. Ebersole, 13068094 (MIA / KIA) PA
Radio-Asst Engineer-Gunner  SSgt Eugene T. Doyle, 20245292 (rescued) Morris County, NJ
Armorer-Gunner  Sgt Robert A. Goewey, Jr., 31039112 (MIA / KIA) Berkshire County, MA

Ditched  May 26, 1944 at 4:10pm
MACR  5472

Aircraft History
Built by North American. Constructors Number 96-20858. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-25G-5 Mitchell serial number 42-64954. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field to the Central Pacific.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 7th Air Force, 41st Bombardment Group, 48th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. When lost, engines R-2600-13 serial numbers left 43-23956 and right 43-28414. Armed with a 75mm cannon serial number unknown. Machine gun serial numbers noted in Missing Air Crew Report 5472 (MACR 5472).

Mission History
On May 26, 1944 took off from Eniwetok Airfield piloted by 1st Lt. Henry M. Phillips on a low level strike against Ponape. Over the target at roughly 3:50pm, this B-25 was hit by automatic weapon fire in the propeller governor of the right engine, that caused the propeller to run away, unable to be feathered. Soon afterwards, the left engine lost power and was forced to ditch into the sea roughly twenty miles to the northeast of Ponape.

During the ditching, the tail of the bomber broke off. Phillips, Huffstutter, Glownia and Doyle received only minor injuries and deployed the life raft. Ebersole suffered severe internal injuries and sever lacerations to his face and neck. He was placed into the life raft, but died a few minutes later. Goewey never surfaced and was believed to have gone down in the bomber.

The four surviving crew members spent twenty hours in their life raft, before being spotted by B-25s and rescued by USS Downes (DD-375) on March 27, 1944 at 12:40am.

Ebersole and Goewey were officially declared dead the day of the mission. Both are memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.

Ebersole earned the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart, posthumously.

Goewey earned the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), Air Medal and the Purple Heart, posthumously.

Phillips died on December 6, 1944. He is buried at Cherry Hill Cemetery in Greenville, NC.

Huffstutter passed away March 12, 1990. He is buried at Crown Hill Cemetery in Wheat Ridge, CO.

Glownia passed away May 25, 2004. He is buried at Saint Mary Cemetery in New Britain, CT.

Dolye remained in the U. S. Army and retired with the rank of Major. He passed away June 6, 1987. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in section 66 site 1692.

NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Lieut Henry Matthew Phillips
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Charles J. Glownia
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - George J. Ebersole
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Eugene T. Doyle
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Robert A. Goewey, Jr.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-25G-5 Mitchell 42-64954
Missing Air Crew Report 5472 (MACR 5472) created May 30, 1944
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - George J. Ebersole
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Robert A. Goewey Jr.
FindAGrave - SSgt George J Ebersole (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Robert A Goewey, Jr. (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Lieut Henry Matthew Phillips (photo, grave photos)
FindAGrave - Warren W. Huffstutter (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Charles J. Glownia (grave)
FindAGrave - Eugene T Doyle (grave photos)

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Last Updated
February 14, 2020


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May 26, 1944

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