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  PBJ-1D Mitchell Bureau Number 35164  
USMC c1945
Pilot  Lt Col George A. Sarles (MIA / KIA, BR) Mount Kisco, NY
Co-Pilot  1/Lt Charles A. Jones, Jr. (MIA / KIA, BR) Sewickley, PA
Crew  T/Sgt Floyd M. Sigler (MIA / KIA, BR)
Crew  Cpl George T. Cawley (MIA / KIA)
Crashed  May 30, 1945

Aircraft History
Built by North American. Constructors Number 100-23912. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-25D-30 Mitchell serial number 43-3586. Assigned to the U. S. Navy (USN) as PBJ-1D Mitchell bureau number 35164.

Wartime History
Assigned to the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) to Marine Bombing Squadron 611 (VMB-611) "Black Seahorse". No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On May 30, 1945 took off piloted by Lt. Col. George A. Sarles on a strike mission against enemy installations at the Kibawe Trail area near Davao on Mindanao. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA). Also lost was PBJ-1J Mitchell 35243 (MIA).

Recovery of Remains
During 1950, the remains of the crew were recovered by a search team from American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) but the remains were not individually identified. Afterwards, transported to the United States for permenant burial.

The entire crew was offically declared dead after the mission. During 1950, the crew were buried with full military honors in a group burial at Arlington National Cemetery at section 34 site 5018.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-25D 43-3586
"3586 to USN as PBJ-1D Mitchell"
Navy Serial Number Search Results - PBJ-1D Mitchell 35164
"35164 (VMB-611) lost in action May 30, 1945, Midanao, Philippines. 4 KIA"
FindAGrave - LTC George Arthur Sarles (photos, group burial photo)
FindAGrave - 1LT Charles Alvin Jones, Jr (obituary, group burial photo)
FindAGrave - TSGT Floyd Marion Sigler, Jr (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - CPL George Thomas Cawley (photo, group burial photo)

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Last Updated
May 29, 2020

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