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I'm trying to locate any information or anyone who knew S/Sgt Charles (Chuck) Donald Plageman. He was a radio op/ gunner with the 823rd Squadron. His plane went down in the Coral Sea approx. 100 miles south of Port Moresby on January 28, 1944. Thanks! Donald is the one on the far right. This picture was taken in Chicago during radio op school. I HIGHLY desire a crew picture with him in it and have tried to find one for seven years now without luck. If you have one, PLEASE share a copy of it with me. I understand that he stayed with the Renshaw crew (823rd) until they all were killed. Following this is a transcript of his MACR (missing aircrew report)

This is the report filed on his flight :

B25G-1, number 42-64881 was received from the 4th Air Depot Group, Townsville for transfer to 38th Bomb Group. Took off from Garbutt Field, Townsville for Durand Field, Port Moresby at 11:30 January 28,1944. Plane never reached destination. A radio check of all fields in Australia and New Guinea within range failed to reveal 881's whereabouts. Radio message requesting crew and passenger list was sent to Base Operations, Garbutt Field, was received and answered, but message was garbled. Another radio message was sent requesting written crew and passenger list to be sent Safe Hand Courier, answer not yet received. Rescue Service, Advance Echelon Fifth Air Force, APO 929 was immediately notified. Extent of Rescue Service search unknown. Aircraft of 38th Bomb Group made intensive search of sea and coast with 100 miles range of Port Moresby. Aircraft of 38th Bomb Group enroute to Townsville for modification reported sighting possible wreckage 97 miles south of Port Moresby. Other aircraft of 38th Bomb Group made intensive search of this area. While searching this area, plane 42-64810 is also missing. Search for both planes continuing.

If anyone knows ANYTHING about this, PLEASE e-mail me.



budpalmer823.jpg (110309 bytes)  This is Bud Palmer of the 823rd Squadron. Herb Witcher who was originally with the 823rd and was transferred to the 71st would like to find out whatever happened to Bud. If anyone knows anything, please contact Ed Connor (Herb's son-in-law) at or you can email me if you can't get in touch with Ed at


Does anyone remember Jack J. Collom from St. Louis, MO. He was a Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner with the 71st Squadron. His son, Mark Collom would like to hear from anyone who might have known his dad. He has Jack's "Short Snorter" and it has the names of his friends and places they've been. Jack passed away in 1974 and never really talked too much about the war to his son. You can contact Mark at  or  or call him at 314-388-0722 or contact me at


 Did anyone know Abner Yoder? He was killed while serving with the 405th Squadron on Feb.17, 1944 while flight testing and crashed on landing. Abner's sisters would like any information from anyone who might have known him.. If you knew Abner or might have some information on him, please email his nephew Tim Conrad at  or me at    We were returning to 17 Mile from Dobodura when Lt. Apai called that he was having a problem with one of his engines and was returning to Dobo. I was flying with Lt. George Flannery i old #197, in #2 position, so we took over the lead. Sgt. Yoder was in Lt. Apai's ship, along with six other men, and the ship was loaded with all kinds of gear, they most probably were at max allowable weight, or more. At Dobo they made a single engine approach and had to execute a missed approach for some reason? Anyway, making a missed approach on one engine at a heavy weight is usually a fatal error. They crashed and all were killed. That was on 2/17/44. (H.E. Terrell)


Did anyone know James A. Henderson? (71st Squadron) His aircraft and the remains of his crew have been located, but not recovered yet. His plane is in the Finnistere Mountains at 11,000 ft elevation. Alfred Hagen located the crash site. His widow, sister, and cousin would like to hear from anyone who might have known him. They are wondering if the aircraft he flew in had a name? They think it was "Wolfpack (something)". They also would like to find a picture of him and his crew. Please contact John A. Hitchcock at  or contact me at FROM CHRIS GUEST- MICHAEL CLARINGBOULD E-MAILED ME AND STATED THAT THIS WRECK LIES AT 9000ft, NOT 11,000ft. IT IS B-25#41-30182 ASSIGNED TO THE 71ST SQUADRON ON 7/22/43 AS A STRAFER FROM THE 4TH AIR DEPOT AT TOWNSVILLE. IT WAS ASSIGNED TO PILOTS PAQUIN AND CRONN AND PROBABLY OTHERS. THE PLANE WAS LOST ON A COURRIER MISSION TO SAIDOR 7/1/44. I AM UNSURE OF A NICKNAME FOR THIS PLANE. IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN "KINGS CROSS KATIE", BUT THAT COULD JUST AS EASILY BE 3-4 OTHER PLANES FROM THE SQUADRON WHICH I HAVE NOT YET IDENTIFIED. "KINGS CROSS KATIE" IS THE ONLY UNIDENTIFIED 71ST PLANE NICKNAME FROM THAT PERIOD THAT I HAVE. 1/16/02


Would like to hear from anyone who knows about a bombing mission over Choshu, Formosa by sixty-three B-25s on Feb. 20, 1945. The railroad yards, vehicles, railroad stock, and buildings were damaged. The Japanese had an active airfield there at the time. If you know anything about this mission, please contact Paul Hsiao at  or me at


I was/am conducting an exhaustive research project into the B-26 Marauder,with an ultimate aim of putting this into print. Am particularly interested in identifying Martin B-26 Marauder aircraft and crew details, etc, that served with the 38th BG as part of this project. Can you help? I am aware that only 2 squadrons ( 69th & 70th BS ) operated the type for a short while
before they were transferred to other 5th AF units. Any information and pointers you can give would be very much appreciated. Thank you for your time.
Best wishes
Paul Clouting 


 Does anybody remember Lt. David Kurtz? 405th Squadron, 1944-45. His son would like to get in contact with anyone who might have known him. Now his son is in the Air National Guard and is deployed at the moment, so he asks that any email sent to his address have "405th" as the subject so that his wife will know what it is and save it for him. You can e-mail M/Sgt. David Kurtz NCANG at 


 Fred Stuart, brother of Paul A. Stuart (71st. Squadron), would like to contact anyone who knew or flew with Paul. Paul A. Stuart died May 16, 1995. Fred is now 80 years old and would like anyone that knew Paul to e-mail him at  Fred is a retired Captain of the USNR.


 Walt Deas has been researching a downed B-25 #41-30118  and its crew. The aircraft lies in 60ft of water off the Papau New Guinea coast. It was shot down on August 4, 1943. All the crew survived the crash bar one. They were all captured and eventually executed (murdered) by the Japanese, except one officer (Major Cox) who was shipped to Japan for further interrogation. He survived the war. He is seeking relatives and photographs of the following crew members. Next of kin are listed as known in 1943: Lt. Robert J. Koscelnak. Co-pilot (mother was Mrs. Elizabeth P. Koscelnak, 7140 South California, Orange, California.), Lt. Louis L. Ritacco. Navigator. (Mother- Mary Ritacco, 112 Haseco Ave. Port Chester, not sure if in New Jersey or New York. His wife was Mrs. Rita Ritacco, address unknown. T/Sgt. Hugh W. Anderson. Radio Operator from Texas. Mother- Mrs. Myrtle Rosie Anderson, Box 236, Aspermont, TX. S/Sgt Raymond J. Zimmerman. (KIA in the crash). Father- Mr. William F. Zimmerman, Route 3, Box 37, Oregon City Oregon......................................................................................He has sent out countless letters to most of those surnames listed in the USA telephone directories, but as yet, no luck. ANY help would be appreciated!.....He has one photo of the pilot Captain Robert Herry and two of the command pilot, Major Williston Cox, information leading to any other pictures would be most welcomed...................................................................................................       (Webmaster note) Walt is putting together a video documetary of this project titled "Bomber Reef." Walt and his wife have won many awards for their work in video documetaries dating back to the 1960s. He has sent me a trailer (sample) of this project and I can tell you it's first rate! This project is in need of some corporate sponsorship in order to be completed. It tells a story that I feel needs to be told. If you think you can help in any way, please contact Walt or me. Thank you.

 Theresa Green is trying to locate anyone who might have known her uncle, S/Sgt. Rudolph B. Williamson, 405th Squadron. His plane went down near the Admiralty Islands on Feb. 29, 1944. If you knew him, please contact Theresa at , or me at .

 Brian Lenderink is searching for information about his uncle, 2nd.Lt. Elmer P. Brinkman of the 71st. Squadron. He was reported missing January 7, 1943. The Army listed Elmer as missing for 7 years before declaring him dead. The family knows very little about the circumstances relating to his death. They would like to establish contact with anyone who might have known him or at least knows information of his last flight. You can contact Brian at  or . You can also call Brian at (703) 507-8409. Or you can contact the webmaster at .

Looking for any info on T/Sgt. Robert (Frenchie) Richard, believed to have been a Green Dragon (405th) member. He was a Radio Op/Gunner from Louisiana (Church Point- New Orleans). He spoke with a Cajun accent. My wife Rose Marie is his daughter. Prior to his death (1980?), he remarked several times that he regretted not keeping up with his buddies. He served only in the Pacific theater, originally passing through or based in Australia. Later in the war, he was based in New Guinea and then the Philippines. Thanks for any help you can give my wife. Colonel (Retired) Victor Lent, Master Army Aviator, Vietnam 1969. 

James Charles Gryc would like to hear from his buddies who might have known him when he was with the 71st Squadron. He joined the 71st. as a Bombadier in Feb. of 1942. He started at Brisbane and then moved up to Townsville to join up with the planes. He went on to Port Moresby, and then on to Nadzab where he finished up his tour with 50 missions. He came in with a pilot named Paul Walks who flew a couple of missions and then flew no more. He then flew with a few other pilots finishing up his tour with a pilot called "Nelson". 

I am looking for information and photos that would include my late father James E. Reese, originally from St. Clair, PA., and later from Allentown, PA. He was a proud member of the Wolfpack (71st. squadron), but never told me much about his experience. I knew that he went from Jackson, Miss. to Ballarat, Australia to New Guinea. In a little over a month, my son (stepson) will report to the Air Force Academy to start Basic Cadet training. My son and my dad never knew each other. I would like to be able to add some history of the heritage of my dad to my letters to Mike. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Dave Reese. Allentown, PA. or or 

I am after information on a Major Watkins who I believe served with the 405th Squadron. Some who served with him were Howard Paquin from Milwaukee, Dave Bryant from N.Y. state, and Will Pavlich from N.Y. state. These men did a radio interview with a radio correspondent, Fred Simpson, who accompanied Watkins on a bomb run in the Finnisterres around January 1944. I have a copy of the interview and would like to share it with any of these men if they are still around. Also interested in the name of Watkins plane. Also, is it known where the squadron was operating at the time of the interview. It may have been Gusap. Regards, Phillip Bradley. 



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