43-4392

 

On 19 June 1944, a B-25H, # 43-4392, a 10th Air Force bomber, assigned to the 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, departed the air base at Kurmitola, India, on a mission ferrying ammunition to Imphal via Silohan, India. At about 0830 hours, the B-25H was seen to crash from an unknown cause. The crew was killed in the crash. The crew of the B-25H was comprised of:

                                             Pilot                             Capt. George S. Peterson                     0-434152

                                             Navigator                    2ndLt Frederick A. Seiler                     0-749824

                                             Radio Operator            SSgt Arthur W. Stanley                        31021771

                                             Engineer                      SSgt Bill P. Elders                                34605585

                                             Armorer                       Sgt Raymond Baker                             36660448

                                            (Enlisted men were also gunners with the aerial browning .50 caliber machine gun)

In charge of the investigation was Capt. William T. Jones, 0-793413. The B-25H took off from Kurmitola at 0830 hours and landed at the base at Kumbrigram at 1000 hours. It took off from there at 1104 hours for Imphal. He did not land at Imphal and no additional information was found. The route the B-25H flew after leaving Kurmitola is flown daily by the squadron. A sharp lookout has been maintained by thoe crews and no evidence of a crashed B-25H has been found. 

Next-of-kin were listed as:

                                              Peterson          Mrs. Betty J. Peterson, wife, Westwood, CA

                                              Seiler               Mrs. Betty L. Seiler, wife, 1636 W. Columbia Ave., Chicago, IL

                                              Stanley             Mr. Arthur J. Stanley, father, 1067 Blvd, West Hartford, Conn.

                                              Baker               Mrs. Bernice P. Baker, wife, 2213 N. Seeley Ave., Chicago, IL

                                              Elders              Mrs. Helen E. Elders, mother, Rte # 2, Whittier, NC

PETERSON, GEORGE SUTTON, Captain, # 0-434152, USAAF

 

George S. Peterson was born 25 December 1918 in San Pedro, California to John Peterson (1878-    ) and Alyce June (Lovet) Peterson (1886-    ). Siblings included Lucille Peterson (1911-    ) and Paul Peterson (1914-    ). His mother was born in France; his father in Oregon. In 1910, 1920 & 1930 his maternal grandmother lived with them, Louise Lovet (1865-    ) (immigrated 1895, widowed). He married Betty Jane Parker in 1942 in Sacramento, California.

 

He described himself on his WW II draft card as 6’1”, 196 ls, with brown hair and gray eyes. He enlisted as an aviation cadet in the USAAF on 3 June 1941 in San Francisco, California, with three years of college. He completed his flight training, was rated for multi-engine aircraft, and earned his commission and wings. On 19 June 1944, a B-25H, # 43-4392, a 10th Air Force bomber, assigned to the 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, departed the air base at Kurmitola, India, on a mission ferrying ammunition to Imphal via Silohan, India. At about 0830 hours, the B-25H was seen to crash from an unknown cause. The crew was killed in the crash. Never recovered, he is remembered on the memorial at the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.