43-4213           B25

 

On 19 August 1944, a B-25H5, # 43-4213, assigned to 10th Air Force, 12th Bomb Group, 83rd Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Feni, India, on a bombing misionover Monywa, Burma. The B-25 was seen to crash about 10 miles SE of Kangamati, India, at about 0945 hours. The crew were:

 

                            Pilot                                         2ndL James M. Meazell                       0-691111         KIA

                            Bombardier/Navigator            2ndLt John F. Villalonga                      0-681839         KIA

                            Gunner                                    SSgt William Harasimowicz                 36521865 Returned to Duty

                            Radio-Operator-Gunner          SSgt Lawrence A. Henning                  33149381        KIA

                            Engineer-Gunner                     SSgt Alexander L. Kostanko                37030221        KIA

                            Photographer                           Sgt Robert A. Ferrier                            11038294        KIA

 

SSgt Lester C. Bartlett, 39856237, saw the crash. One parachute was used. After its bomb run, it lost altitude and a parachute exited. The B-25 crashed and burned. Then the bombs on board exploded. There was no next-of-kin list in the MACR folder.

MEAZELL, JAMES MAURICE, First Lieutenant, # 0-691111, USAAF

 

James M. Meazell was born on 7 April 1922 in Duncan, Stephens Co., Oklahoma Samuel Morris Meazell (1900-1947) and Bessie Lorene (Ellis) Thornton nee Meazell (1905-1989).

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force in India. On 19 August 1944, a B-25H5, # 43-4213, assigned to 10th Air Force, 12th Bomb Group, 83rd Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Feni, India, on a bombing misionover Monywa, Burma. The B-25 was seen to crash about 10 miles SE of Kangamati, India, at about 0945 hours. SSgt Lester C. Bartlett, 39856237, saw the crash. One parachute was used. After its bomb run, it lost altitude and a parachute exited. The B-25 crashed and burned. Then the bombs on board exploded. After recovery from the American military airfield cemetery at Barrackpore, India, his remains and those of crewmen Ferrer, Henning, Kostanko, and Villalonga, were buried in a group ceremony together in Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky, on 14 May 1949 (Sec. E, Grave 55).

 

His father, Samuel M. Meazell, born 28 October 1900, served with the U. S. Navy Constrution Battalion (SeaBees), Unit # 555, and enlisted 31 July 1942 and was honorably discharged 9 April 1945, a BM 1st Class, # 4773340. He died on 3 January 1947 and is buried in the Duncan Cemetery, Duncan, Oklahoma.

VILLALONGA, JOHN F., Second Lieutenant, # 0-681839, USAAF

 

John F. Villalonga was born on 31 August 1920 in Brooklyn, New York, to Juan Francisco Villalonga (1896-1973) (Cuba) and Ethel May (Potter) Villalonga (1896-143) (England). A sister was Elizabeth M. (Villalonga) Loso (1922-2010).