CRASH OF A B-25C MITCHELL
8 MILES NE OF TOWNSVILLE
ON 8 APRIL 1943

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On 8 April 1943, B-25C Mitchell #41-12904, "Half Pound Mary" of the 71st Bomb Squadron of the 38th Bomb Group crashed 8 miles north east of Townsville while undergoing an overhaul at the 4th Air Depot.

The following crew members were buried at the US Military Cemetery Townsville on 12 April 1943.

 

Carlow, D.T. 20957230 USA ?
Atkinson, Courtney B. 0-662973 USA ?
Neyley, Paul L. 0662973 USA ?
Haggerty, John J. Jnr. 11020201 USA 2nd Service Squadron, 4th Air Depot Group

 

They were then exhumed again and reburied in the US Cemetery in Ipswich in July 1945. They were exhumed again after the war and moved back to the USA for final burial based on their family's wishes.

 

Does anyone know the exact location of the crash site?

 


 

The NARA Photo is incorrectly titled:- "An American Cemetery at Townsville, Australia where twenty-six men
 of the 2nd Service Squadron are being buried. They were killed in an airplane take-off. April 1943."

 

Peter Murray in Townsville contacted me in November 2013 and commented that there is some doubt about the accuracy of the caption on this above photograph. After some collaborative research with Peter Murray, it is now confirmed that the above caption under the burial photograph is incorrect in stating that all men were members of the 2nd Service Squadron. Carlow, Atkinson, Neyley and Haggery, who were killed in this crash, were buried along with men from two other crashes and two men from the 91st Engineers on 12 April 1943. See below for details of the 26 men buried on 12 April 1943:-

 

Crash of B-25C Mitchell #41-12904, 8 miles north east of Townsville on 8 April 1943 (This crash)

Carlow, D.T. 20957230 USA -
Atkinson, Courtney B. 0-662973 USA -
Neyley, Paul L. 0662973 USA -
Haggerty, John J. Jnr. 11020201 USA 2nd Service Squadron, 4th Air Depot Group

 

Crash of B-17E Flying Fortress, #41-2655, near Horn Island on 14 July 1942

Budz, Edward B. 0-426508 USA -
Houchins, James E. 6994369 USA -
Rice, Houston A. 6290594? USA -

 

91st Engineers accidents

Vertison, Willie 34046295 USA killed by tree falling on him on 15 Aug 42)
Lee, Gilbert E. 34061958 USA killed by stray bullet on Horn Island on 21 Oct 42

 

Crash of B-17E Flying Fortress #41-2421, at Horn Island on 16 July 1942

Humphreys, Rufus B. 20467589 USA -
Wood, Vernon D. 7031437 USA -
Wood, William C. 6914948 USA -
Penick Lucius C. 0-413487 USA -
Schofield, Walter F. 6581360 USA -
Moore, Atwell E. 20487595 USA -
Silva Louis T. R45343? USA -
Kaup, Adrian F. 17011549 USA -
Harvey Frank A. 6580257 USA -
Bond, Marvin C. 6912315 USA -
McPherson Clarence E. 0-22396 -
Weisner, Walter W. 6754182 USA -
Moore, Albert W. 34102085 USA -
Hanson, Newell H. 11015176 USA -
Mills, Phillip R. 34102201 USA -
Welch, Frederick B. 15059629 USA -
Hart, Albert M. 0-346934 USA -

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Mike Stowe (Accident-Report.Com) for his assistance with this home page

I'd also like to thank Peter Murray and Eric Evans, for their assistance with this web site.

 

REFERENCES

38th Bomb Group Association

Manson Park Burials Register - City of Ipswich

Find A Grave web site - B-17E #41-2421

 

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