On 13 May 1944 B-25H, # 43-4360, assigned 14th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 491st Bomb Squadron, Yangkai, China, departed the ai field at Yangkai on a combat mission to Yunnanyi, China. It was last sighted at about 1246 hours at 24º, 43’ North - 100º, 27’ East. It was returning from mission, flew into weather but not seen agan after clearing weather. All were killed in action. The crew was comprised of:
Pilot 1stLt Vernon R. Gauvain 0-677708
Co-Pilot 2ndLt George W. Roe 0-752447
Navigator/Bombardier 2ndLt Morris L. Eldridge 0-744263
Engineer Sgt William W. Priest 32483398
Radio Operator SSgt Robert B. Flansburg 36566664
Armorer Sgt Floyd H. Johnson 14124836
(All enlisted men served as gunners)
It was last seen by: Capt. Ronald D. Shirlaw, 0-794451 and 1stLt Gene E. Lefebvre, 0-733433.
Capt. Shirlaw reported: The formation of 2 ships left target at Lungling and flew east on course of 78º. About 100 miles east of Lungling, they entered an overcast and emerged after 3-4 minutes. Altitude was 12,500 feet.
Next-of-kin were listed as:
Gauvain Mrs Rose L. Gauvain, ##### Minnesota Ave, St. Louis, MO
Roe Mr George W. Roe, Gillette, Wyoming
Eldridge Mr Alfred Eldridge, Rte 1, Fort Townsend, WA
Flansburg Mrs Alice Flansburg, 149 W. Philadelphia, Detroit, Mich.
Priest Mrs ______ Priest, East Atlantic Ave, Stratford, NJ
Johnson Mrs Florence L Johnson, 91 Wesley St, _____burg, South Carolina
A Graves Registration team was unable to recover the remains of the crew. A memorial marker for 1stLt Gauvain was placed in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Section M, Site 3.