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|Pilot 2nd Lt. Howard J. Drumm, O-815669 (MIA / KIA)
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Lawrence R. Hankins, O-715202 (MIA / KIA)
Navigator 2nd Lt. George R. Mims, O-685686 (MIA / KIA)
Radio TSgt Albert E. Stevens, 38070562 (MIA / KIA)
Engineer SSgt Carl E. Dubke, 32930614 (MIA / KIA)
Armor-Gunner SSgt Ralph C. Somers, 13083883 (MIA / KIA)
Ditched December 30, 1944
Built by North American Aviation (NAA) at Air Force Plant NC at Fairfax Field near Kansas City, KS. Constructors Number 108-32385. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-25J-15/17-NC Mitchell serial number 44-28820. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field across the Pacific to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA).
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 38th Bombardment Group, 405th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. When lost, engines R-2600-29 serial numbers 43-29494 and 43-29099.
On December 30, 1944 took off from Pitu Airfield (Pitoe) on Morotai piloted 2nd Lt. Howard J. Drumm on a strafing mission against Tarakan Airfield. Over the target, observed to fly over two large bursts of heavy anti-aircraft fire and dropped into a clearing, crashed and burned. The entire crew was declared dead the day of the mission.
Recovery of Remains
Postwar, the remains of the crew plus an unknown were recovered.
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. Drumm, Dubke, Mims, Hankins, Somers, Stevens and an unknown were buried in a group burial at Little Rock National Cemetery in Little Rock, AR at plot 13 site 97.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-25J-15/17-NC Mitchell 44-28820
"28820 (38th BG, 405th BS) shot down by AA over Tarakan, Borneo Dec 30, 1944. All 6 crew KIA. MACR 11510."
Missing Air Crew Report 11510 (MACR 11510)
FindAGrave - Ralph C. Somers (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Carl N. Dubke (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Albert E. Stevens (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - George R. Mims (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Lawrence R. Hankins (group burial photo)
FndAGrave - Howard J. Dumm (group burial photo)
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