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|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. Constructors Number 108-32859. Delivered to the U.S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to the South Pacific (SOPAC).
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.
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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