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  B-25H-5 Mitchell Serial Number 43-4512  
USAAF
13th AF
42nd BG
75th BS

Pilot  Major James J. Yeoman, O-424183 (MIA / KIA) Cameron County, TX
Co-Pilot  1st Lt Howard A. Goldstone, O-666027 (MIA / KIA) Oneida County, WI
Crew  S/Sgt Charles D. McGinley, 38121285 (MIA / KIA) Taylor County, TX
Crew  T/Sgt James C. Kiker, 34333809 (MIA / KIA) Walker County, AL
Crew  S/Sgt Robert M. Du Vall, 14070737 (MIA / KIA) Lauderdale County, TN
Passenger  1st Lt William C. Craig, 1695378 Medical Corps (MIA / KIA) Scotland, PA
Crashed  April 28, 1944
MACR  4366

Aircraft History
Built by North American Aviation (NAA). Constructors Number 98-21513. Delivered to the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-25H-5 Mitchell serial number 43-4512. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to the South Pacific (SOPAC).

Wartime History
Assigned to the 13th Air Force (13th AF), 42nd Bombardment Group (42nd BG) "The Crusaders", 75th Bombardment Squadron (75th BS). No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On April 28, 1944 took off from Nissan Airfield (Green Island) on a two plane recon mission over New Ireland looking for barges to strafe. This aircraft turned across New Ireland, spotted and made a pass at a small plantation. They made another pass over the target, flying low, and never recovered their altitude. According to the pilot of the other plane, the crash scene was in Katherine Harbor on the SW coast of New Ireland about 5 miles from the plantation and approximately 1 mile off shore. The plane had skidded about 200 ft before stopping and had broken up.  The other plane flew 3-4 fly bys but no bodies or survivors were ever seen. The raft was out and inflated.

Memorials
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.

Yeoman earned the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), Air Medal with eight Oak Leaf Clusters and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Goldstone earned the Air Medal with eight Oak Leaf Clusters and Purple Heart, posthumously. He also has a memorial marker at Wausau Hebrew Cemetery in Wausau, WI.

McGinley earned the Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters and Purple Heart, posthumously. He also has a memorial marker at Monahans Memorial Cemetery in Monahans, TX.

Kiker earned the Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters and Purple Heart, posthumously. He also has a memorial marker at Boldo Memory Gardens in Boldo, AL.

Du Vall earned the Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters and Purple Heart, posthumously. He also has a memorial marker at Memphis National Cemetery at section MA site 19A.

Craig earned the Purple Heart, posthumously. He also has a memorial marker at Norland Cemetery in Chambersburg, PA.

Relatives
Marie Duvall Puttkamer (son of Robert M. Duvall) adds:
"I contacted a diving company in New Ireland and found out that that part of the island is very remote and the harbor isn't used."

References
Note, McGinley is spelled "Mc Ginley" and Duvall is spelled "Du Vall" in some sources.
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - James J. Yeoman
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Howard A. Goldstone
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Charles D. Mc Ginley
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - James C. Kiker
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Robert M. DuVall
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-25H-5 Mitchell 43-4512
Missing Air Crew Report 4366 (MACR 4366) created April 29, 1944
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - James J. Yeoman
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Howard A. Goldstone
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Charles D. McGinley
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - James C. Kiker
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Robert M. Du Vall
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - William C. Craig
FindAGrave - Maj James Joe Yeoman (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 1Lt Howard A Goldstone (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Lieut Howard L. Goldstone (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Charles Dean McGinley (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SSGT Charles Dean McGinley (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - TSgt James C Kiker (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - James C. Kiker (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Robert M Du Vall (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Robert Melvin Duvall (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - 1Lt William C Craig (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - William C. Craig (memorial marker photo)
Thanks to Marie Duvall Puttkamer for additional information

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Last Updated
July 4, 2021

 

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