43-3970           B25

 

On 11 September 1944, a B-25J, # 43-3970, assigned to 10th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, departed an airfield in India on a bombing mission of the Hsenwi Road Bridge. It was last seen at about 1440 hours in the vicinity of the target before it crashed, killing all the crewmen. Its crew were:

                                     Pilot                                         1stLt Robert T. Mullins                        0-809993

                                     Co-Pilot                                   2ndLt Sylvester Markus                       0-823416

                                     Engineer-Gunner                     Sgt William L. Hodge                           34652508

                                     Radio Operator-Gunner          SSgt Carmine A. Esposito                     32410125

                                     Armorer-Gunner                      Sgt Paul D. McFann                             39168406

 

It was last seen by 1stLt Donald F. Karschner, 0-813388. He reported that the last he saw of the missing bomber was at 1440 hours and that bomber was at about his 7 o’clock, 2 miles behind him. He went IFR and climbed to 11,000 feet and cleared the clouds. About 5 minutes later, his tail gunner reported a B-25 about 10 miles back but did not know who that was.

The next-of-kin were listed as:

                                            Mullins            Charles C Mullins, F, 2034 Carnes St, Memphis, TN

                                            Markus            John Markus, F, 474 Farnsworth Ave, Aurora, IL

                                            Hodge              Marjorie V Hodge, W, 507 Kirksey Drv, Greenwood, SC

                                            Esposito          Mary F Esposito, M, 256 Stagg St, Brooklyn, NY

                                            McFann           Gertrude McFann, M, 330 E Golden Ave, Los Angeles, CA

MULLINS, ROBERT THOMAS, First Lieutenant, # 0-809993, USAAF

 

Robert T. Mullins was born on 17 March 1922 in Lawrenceburg, Lawrence Co., Tennessee, to Charles Carl Mullins (1894-1970) and Mary Elizabeth (Mabry) Mullins (1900-1923) (married 20 November 1920, Lawrence, TN).

 

He enlistedin the USAAF at Camp Forrest, Tennessee, on 23 September 1942. He completed flight instruction at various schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force in India. On 11 September 1944, a B-25J, # 43-3970, assigned to 10th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, departed an airfield in India on a bombing mission of the Hsenwi Road Bridge. It was last seen at about 1440 hours in the vicinity of the target before it crashed, killing all the crewmen. It was last seen by 1stLt Donald F. Karschner, 0-813388. He reported that the last he saw of the missing bomber was at 1440 hours and that bomber was at about his 7 o’clock, 2 miles behind him. He went IFR and climbed to 11,000 feet and cleared the clouds. About 5 minutes later, his tail gunner reported a B-25 about 10 miles back. He is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the Fuller Chapel Cemetery, Lawrenceburg, Lawrence Co., Tennessee.