43-4234

 

On 16 April 1944, a B-25H, # 43-4234, assigned to 10th Air Force, 12th Bomb Group, 81st Bomb Squadron, departed the air field at Tezgeon, Bengal, India, on a bombing mission of a supply dump 6 & ¾ miles on median 290º from the Mogaung Bridge, Burma. The weather was 80% cover with local storms in the hills. The formation of B-25s were flying IFR, missed a turn, and entered the storm area with the remainder of the formation. It was a battle casualty. The crew was comprised of:

                                           Pilot                                         1stLt John J. Roberts                           0-675516

                                           Navigator/Bombardier             2ndLt Joseph E. AuCoin                     0-562434

                                           Radio Operator-gunner            TSgt John H. Rosenstreter                   34362453

                                           Engineer-gunner                      SSgt William F. Zuchoski                    32433089

                                           Armorer-gunner                       Sgt Charles J. Kenny Jr.                       32560508

Witness: Capt. George J. Krause, 0-669067. It crashed SSE of Songsang and NEE of Tolbung. Capt. Maynard F. Skinner, Operations Officer, reported: On 17 April, four aircraft searched the area the B-25H was last seen. The area was divided into four lanes, each lane ten miles wide and 100 miles long. Each searched thoroughly and nothing was found. On 18 April, five aircraft of 83rd Squadron made an extensive search of the area with no result. The next-of-kin were listed as:

                                          Roberts            Mr. Ray Roberts, father, 107 N. A St., Harlingen, TX

                                          Aucoin             Mrs. Caroline M. Aucoin, mother, 73 Palm St, Bangor, Maine

                                          Rosenstreter    Mrs. Jacobina Rosenstreter, mother, 1009 Tulley St., Memphis, TN

                                          Zuchoski         Mrs. Viola Pederson, sister, 48-63 38th St., Lon Island, NY

                                          Kenny              Mr. Charles J. Kenny, father, 105 E. Hannce St., Adrian, Mich.

ROBERTS, JOHN J., First Lieutenant, # 0-675516, USAAF

 

John T. Roberts was born 1921 in Louisiana to Ray Burt Roberts (1883-    ) and Lena B. (Lund) Roberts (1886-    ). A brother was Bert Lund Roberts (1916-2001). His father was a jeweler. In 1930 & 1940 they lived at 1214 W. Harrison, Harlingen, TX.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF while living in Cameron County, Texas, on 25 Month 1942 in San Antonio, Texas. He completed flights schools and was rated for multi-engine aircraft – and earned his commission and pilot wings. On 16 April 1944, a B-25H, # 43-4234, assigned to 10th Air Force, 12th Bomb Group, 81st Bomb Squadron, departed the air field at Tezgeon, Bengal, India, on a bombing mission of a supply dump 6 & ¾ miles on median 290º from the Mogaung Bridge, Burma. The weather was 80% cover with local storms in the hills. The formation of B-25s were flying IFR, missed a turn, and entered the storm area with the remainder of the formation. It was a battle casualty. It crashed SSE of Songsang and NEE of Tolbung. Searches were conducted 17 and 18 April 1944 by nine sorties with no results. He is remembered in the Manila American Cemetery & Mausoleum, Philippines.