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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. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to the South Pacific.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 42nd Bombardment Group, 69th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
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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Last Updated
February 14, 2020


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