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  B-25J-20/22-NC Mitchell Serial Number 44-29584  
13th AF
42nd BG
69th BS

Pilot  1st Lt. Otto L. Carter Jr., O-822893 (MIA / KIA) AL
Co-Pilot  1st Lt. John J. Armato, O-822619 (MIA / KIA) NY
Navigator  1st Lt. Don B. McFall, O-707534 (MIA / KIA) CA
Engineer  Sgt Brown J. Hubbard Jr., 34670585 (MIA / KIA) NC
Radio  Sgt Audrey W. Markham, 34406935 (MIA / KIA) FL
Passenger  Maj. Stewart E. White, US Army O-314405 (MIA / KIA) OH
Passenger  1st Lt. Ritchie L. Jones, 100th BS O-738175 (MIA / KIA) MS
Passenger  Sgt Cecil A. Spurlock, 35608023 (MIA / KIA) OH
MIA  June 6, 1945
MACR  14449

Aircraft History
Built by North American Aviation (NAA) at Air Force Plant NC at Fairfax Field near Kansas City, KS. Constructors Number 108-32859. Delivered to the U.S. Army. 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", 69th Bombardment Squadron (69th BS). No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On June 6, 1945 took off from Puerto Princesa Airfield on Palawan Island piloted by 1st Lt. Otto L. Carter Jr. on an administrative flight bound for Leyte. After take off, this B-25 was never heard from or seen again. When this aircraft failed to arrive it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

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.

William E. McKee adds:
"Lt Jones wife Sue is still alive and well in Missouri. His daughter lives in Colorado and I have known of this loss since I was 5 years old and would like to know what happened to them. I have looked through the history of the 13th AF, 42nd GB. 69 BS and the 100th BS. These were all experienced people and not the kind to panic there were three lead pilots and the navigator was the 69th lead navigator."

Paul Orlando (cousin of Lt. Armata)

USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-25J-20/22-NC Mitchell 44-29584
"29584 (42nd BG) lost Jun 6, 1945. MACR 14449."
Missing Air Crew Report 14449 (MACR 14449)

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Last Updated
July 23, 2022


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