Radio Operator            SSgt Thomas F. Aquino           12198703

                                            Armorer                       SSgt Donald Dumont              11058070

                                                        (All enlisted men served dually as gunners)

 

1stLt Ronald E. Irwin, 0-889885, witnessed the crash. He reported that the B-25 came in on a bombing run at 110° across a two-span bridge at Quang Tri. As it came out of its dive, it rocked twice then straightened out 50-75’ above the bridge. The left wing went down and the B-25 rolled over and crashed inverted, nose first, about 30’ to the left and 100’ past the bridge. It and its bombs exploded in a “terrific explosion” on impact. Flames and smoke rose 500’. Ten minutes later the rest of the B-25 flight overflew the crash at 2,500’. Fire was burning over an area of 300’. Ammunition was exploding. The next-of-kin listed were:

 

                                         Carey, Fred                  Jeanne D. Carey, W, Crow Hill Rd, Mount Kisce, NY

                                         Franklin                       Jennie Franklin, M, 379 S. Clinton St., East Orange, NJ

                                         Carey James                 Jean H. Carey, W, 84 Woodrow St., West Hartford, CT

                                         Doyle                           Miriam J. Doyle, W, 24 School St., Hanover, NH

                                         Dumont                       Rose Dumont, M, 15 Grafton St., Lowell, Mass.

                                         Aquino                        Reece N. Aquino, F, 102 Mill St., Rome, NY

                                        Goodwin                     Anna K. Goodwin, M, 631 N. Fifth St., Reading, PA

CAREY, JAMES CLAYTON, First Lieutenant, # 0-822375, USAAF

CAREY, FRED MOODY, First Lieutenant, # 0-822374, USAAF

 

James C. Carey, the pilot of the B-25, was born on 16 May 1922 in East Hartford, Connecticut, to Fred Jeremiah Carey (1873-1956) and Elizabeth Estelle (Moody) Carey (1894-1985) (married 14 June 1917, Haywood, NC). His brother was Fred Moody Carey, born on 7 August 1920, First Lieutenant, # 0-822374, USAAF, and he was the copilot of the B-25.

 

James C. Carey registered for the WWII draft on 30 June 1942, a student at Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts, resided at 8 Fernwood Rd, West Hartford, CT, and described himself as 5’10”, 170 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. Fred M. Carey registered for the WWII draft on 16 February 1942, employed by a Pratt & Whitney Division (making engines for USAAF aircraft) and described himself as 6’, 190 lbs, with brown hair and green eyes. He noted that he had a small scar on his chin. After enlisting in the USAAF, they both completed flight instruction through advanced school, were multi-engine rated, and were assigned to fly the B-25 Mitchell. They earned their commissions and pilot wings. They were sent overseas through India to China. On 20 June 1945 a B-25J, “Carolyn K,” # 43-27807, assigned 14th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 11th Bomb Squadron, Yangkai, China, departed the airfield on a bombing mission to Quang Tri, French Indochina (Annam or Vietnam). It was seen to crash at about 1508 Zulu near Quang Tri (16° 45’ North & 107° 11’ East). 1stLt Ronald E. Irwin, 0-889885, witnessed the crash. He reported that the B-25 came in on a bombing run at 110° across a two-span bridge at Quang Tri. As it came out of its dive, it rocked twice then straightened out 50’-75’ above the bridge. The left wing went down and the B-25 rolled over and crashed inverted, nose first, about 30’ to the left and 100’ past the bridge. It and its bombs exploded in a “terrific explosion” on impact. Flames and smoke rose 500’. Ten minutes later the rest of the B-25 flight overflew the crash at 2,500’.