Built by North American. Delivered to the U. S. Army, serial number unknown.
Assigned to the 11th Air Force.
Crashed on Shumshu, possibly B-25J 43-36140.
Daniel Hunt adds:
"The engine numbers are 50567 & 173384 (It is not
clear if the 33 is in fact an 88 therefore the number could be 178884?). But the engine serial
numbers [for 43-36140] do not match serials from the wreckage. "
Post war, the wreckage was cut-up by the Russians, and possibly center
section blown up by a satchel charge.
Daniel Hunt adds:
:"B-25 it was recovered [in 2003] from Shumshu Island where it is thought
to have force landed. The only real evidence we have is the engine numbers,
any serial numbers/data plates have long gone. We can confirm that no evidence
of human remains were found at the site. We plan to make a display of this
museum. The aircraft [was] very much complete
but later being cut up by the Russians and we think also having the center
section blown up by a satchel charge. We believe this to have had an American
crew and have been in communication with the Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel
Office regarding this aircraft. The only real evidence we have is the engine
numbers, any serial numbers/data plates have long gone. Below is what the
POWMIA Office think the ID could be. We can confirm that no evidence of human
remains were found at the site, this is always a major concern of ours. We
would appreciate your thoughts on a possible ID on this aircraft. We plan
to make a display of this in our museum.
The wreckage was recovered
by the Hunt Brothers in 2003 to England.
Thanks to Daniel Hunt for wreck information,
B-25 information from
Major Bob Smith,
of the Secretary of Defense
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October 23, 2019