MIA Recoveries


B-25D #41-30362
Expedition Photo Gallery

On 10 Dec 1943, this aircraft was on a rescue mission when it was attacked by Japanese Zero's. The right engine caught fire after the main attack was over. The crew feathered the prop, and as they did that, the Zero that had been trailing them pulled up from the 7 o'clock position and shot out their left engine, setting the aircraft afire. Nobody at the time except co-pilot Lt. James Spain had their parachute fastened on. The pilot, Capt. John Porter, gave the order to bail-out. Lt. Spain's clothes got hung up while he tried to exit the aircraft through the top hatch, and he was freed by Capt. Porter pushing him out. When Lt. Spain left the aircraft, it was entirely in flames. By the time he pulled his ripcord, the airplane had crashed and exploded. No other crewmembers survived. Dead: 5.

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  • Machine guns
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  • ID Tag
  • B-25 and groundcrew of Capt. John L. 'Blackie' Porter, III
  • Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. James F. Spain (on L.)
  • Pilot Capt. John L. "Blackie" Porter, III
  • Pilot Capt. John L. "Blackie" Porter, III
  • Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. James F. Spain
  • Flight Engineer Sgt. Harold W. Neibler
  • Gunner SSgt. Harry D. Tucker
  • Betty Sue (Atchley) Brown, niece of SSgt. Harry D. Tucker, holding his recovered ID tag
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