Pacific Wrecks
Pacific Wrecks    
  Missing In Action (MIA) Prisoners Of War (POW) Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)  
Chronology Locations Aircraft Ships Submit Info How You Can Help Donate
  B-25H-1 Mitchell Serial Number 43-4129  
5th AF
308th BW
418th NFS

Pilot  1st Lt. Gordon J. Schmeisser, O-728029 (MIA / KIA) WI
Radio-Observer  2nd Lt. Theodore E. Kara, O-869592 (MIA / KIA) OH
Gunner  Sgt Vernon A. Patterson, 38447259 (MIA / KIA) AR
Radio  Sgt Isaac D. Leslie, 35260111 (MIA / KIA) OH

MIA  August 5, 1944
MACR  8784

Aircraft History
Built by North American in Inglewood, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-25H-1 Mitchell serial number 43-4129. Ferried overseas to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA).

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 308th Bombardment Wing, 418th Night Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. When lost, engine R-2600-13 serial numbers 43-2309 and 43-23741.

During August 2–4, 1944this B-25 flew combat missions from Owi Airfield. On August 5, 1944 this B-25 was flown from Owi Airfield to Mokmer Drone on Biak in preparation for a night mission.

Mission History
On August 5, 1944 took off from Mokmer Drone on Biak Island at 7:10pm piloted by 1st Lt. Gordon J. Schmeisser on a night intruder mission scheduled to arrive over Laha at 10:00pm. Other sources list the mission as a reconnaissance from Biak and Ambon. After take off, there was no radio contact or sightings of this bomber. When this bomber failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

A second B-25 piloted by Lt. Harrington scheduled to take off afterwards aborted the mission due to bad weather over the target area and turned back 70 miles from the target and returned to base.

The next morning, Air-Sea Rescue was notified about this missing B-25. On August 7, two Catalinas: Daylight 42 and 12 searched the area of the mission but reported nil findings. Afterwards, two or three Catalinas searched several areas without results: McCluer Gulf, Ceram Sea, Seleman Bay and Geelvink Bay.

The entire crew was officially declared on February 14, 1946. All are memorialized on the tablets of missing Manila American Cemetery.

Missing Air Crew Report 8784 (MACR 8784)
FindAGrave -
FindAGrave -
FindAGrave -
FindAGrave -
FindAGrave -

Contribute Information
Are you a relative or associated with any person mentioned?
Do you have photos or additional information to add?

Last Updated
October 19, 2018


Tech Info

4 Missing
  Discussion Forum Daily Updates Reviews Museums Interviews & Oral Histories  
Pacific Wrecks Inc. All rights reserved.
Donate Now Facebook Twitter YouTube Google Plus Instagram