Aircraft B-25D-1 with serialnumber 41-30179 departed from Durand Field, New Guinea on a strike mission to Cape Gourdon & Croissiles. The aircraft crashed about 15 miles southwest of Madang near Nuru River.

Pilot, 1st Lt Harry Serser
Co-Pilot, F/O Robert O. Kitchin
Bombardier-Navigator, 1st Lt Albert W. Heatter Jr.
Radio Operator-Gunner, S/Sgt Melvin C. Fearnow
Gunner, S/Sgt John Williams

Robert Kitchin was initially buried at USAF Cemetery Finschaffen #1 at British New Guinea and re-buried at Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines, Plot F, Row 15, Grave 91. He entered the service from Mississippi.

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