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  B-25H-1 Mitchell Serial Number 43-4178  
5th AF
5th AFSC

Pilot  Captain Thomas H. Lang, Jr., O-735803 (MIA / KIA) Nitta Yuma, MS
Co-Pilot  1st Lt Harold A. Wicks, O-756070 (MIA / KIA) Klemme, IA
Navigator  1st Lt Charles R. Ashton, O-807963 (MIA / KIA) Rhinelander, WI
Engineer  SSgt Roy H. Garrison, 39455350 (MIA / KIA) Spokane, WA
Radio  Sgt Jack L. Stahlman, 13084787 (MIA / KIA) Strattonville, PA
Passenger  Major John P. Dart, O-304047 (MIA / KIA) Alexandria, VA
Passenger  Captain Nathan G. Findley, O-906427 (MIA / KIA) Anniston, AL
Passenger  2nd Lt. David C. Seamonson, O-742025 (MIA / KIA) Stoughton, WI

Crashed  December 23, 1944
MARC  12257

Crew History
This crew was a combination of personnel and passengers from many units. Lang and Wicks were assigned to the 91st Photo Wing, 25th Photo Squadron. Ashton was assigned to the 43rd BG, 65th BS. Garrison was a member of 85th Airdrome Squadron. Stahlman was a member of the 85th Airdrome Squadron. Dart was a member of the 5th Air Force Service Command. Findley was a member of the 1816th Ordnance Company, Aviation. Seamonson was a member of the HQ, 46th Air Service Group.

Aircraft History
Built by North American. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF). Ferried overseas via Hawaii to the Pacific.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, Service Command (5thAFSC). When lost, engines R2600-13 serial numbers 43-28340 and 43-28380.

Mission History
On December 23, 1944 at 4:52am took off from Biak Island (APO 920) piloted by Captain Thomas H. Lang, Jr. on an administrative flight bound for Tacloban Airfield on Leyte (APO 72). Weather was reported as overcast with unknown visibility and ceiling. Last seen on take off. When this aircraft failed to arrive it was officailly declared Missing In Action (MIA).

After being reported missing, search mission were flown by aircraft from the 54th Troop Carrier Wing and 3rd Emergency Rescue Squadron both based on Biak, involving forty aircraft and three OA-10 Catalinas. A crash boat and destroyer were also dispatched to aid in the search.

The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. The entire crew is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

Missing Air Crew Report 12257 (MACR 12257)

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Last Updated
February 14, 2020


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