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