|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
Built by North American Aviation (NAA) at Air Force Plant NC at Fairfax Field near Kansas City, KS. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to the South Pacific.
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 42nd Bombardment Group, 69th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.
On June 6, 1945 took off from Puerto Princesa Airfield on Palawan Island on an administrative flight bound for Leyte. After take off, this B-25 was never heard from or seen
again. The entire crew was listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
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)
Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 14449
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February 14, 2020