Aircraft B-25J with serial number 43-36201 departed from Mangaldan Strip, Lindgraven, Luzon on a strike mission to bomb three Japanese destroyers. The plane either hit the mast of a Japanese destroyer or water beyond the ship and exploded.
Statement from Sgt Walter B. Kuzla, Air Corps
As this aircraft was making its run I noticed a few burst of ack-ack coming from the destroyer. I don’t know wheather the ack-ack hit the aircraft or it hit the mast but it seemed to wing over and crash into the water and exploded. All four bombs made direct hits on the destroyer. It is believed that this destroyer sank a few minutes later.
Pilot, 2nd Lt James J. Benjamin
Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt Bernard Jacobs
Bombardier-Navigator, 2nd Lt Warren M. DeMarcus
Radio Operator-Gunner, S/Sgt Martin Feldman
Engineer-Gunner, S/Sgt Harry J. Ofsa
Armorer Gunner, S/Sgt Donald A. McComb
2nd Lt Warren M. DeMarcus is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery.