43-4977           B25 (MACR 12381)

 

On 15 February 1945, a B-25H, # 43-4977, assigned to 10th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Warazup, Burma, on a bombing and strafing mission of Kemsi, Mansam, Burma. It was last sighted by 2ndLt William H. Dugan, 0-718895, at about 0900 hours near Kemsi Mansam (coordinates 21º 55’ North & 97º 50’ East). The crew, killed in action, were:

                                       Pilot                                         1stLt William B. Plunkett                    0-713966

                                       Navigator/Bombardier            2ndLt Donald E. Thorn                        0-1183984

                                       Engineer-Gunner                     Sgt J. D. Cobb                                      19126083

                                       Radio Operator-Gunner           Sgt Adolph Malovich                           36743591

                                       Armorer-Gunner                      Sgt Stephen M. Collins                         141006 1

 

2ndLt Dugan reported that he was flying east to the target and met 43-4977 flying west. Dugan called him and told him the weather that direction was extremely bad but received no reply and did not see the B-25 again.

The next-of-kin listed were:

 

                                      Plunkett           Ralph E Plunkett, F, 700 E Markham St, Little Rock, AR

                                      Thorn              Agnes M Thorn, M, 8339 Loomis Blvd, Chicago, IL

                                      Collins             Ben L. Collins, F, Cobbtown, GA

                                      Cobb                Edna B Cobb, W, 719 S Flower St, Santa Ana, CA

                                      Malovich         Zdenka P Malovich, W, 329 S Hamlin Ave, Chicago, IL

PLUNKETT, WILLIAM BOND, First Lieutenant, # 0-713966, USAAF

 

William B. Plunkett was born on 17 december 1922 in Arkansas to Ralph Elbert Plunkett (1890-1954) and Floy G. (Smith) Townsend nee Plunkett (1890-1981) (married 8 September 1914 in Denver, CO). Siblings included Ellen (Plunkett) Smith (1915-1999) and Floy I. (Plunkett) Luppen (1919-    ).

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools to flying the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 15 February 1945, a B-25H, # 43-4977, assigned to 10th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Warazup, Burma, on a bombing and strafing mission of Kemsi Mansam. It was last sighted by 2ndLt William H. Dugan, 0-718895, at about 0900 hours near Kemsi Mansam (coordinates 21º 55’ North & 97º 50’ East). 2ndLt Dugan reported that he was flying east to the target and met 43-4977 flying west. Dugan called him and told him the weather that direction was extremely bad but received no reply and did not see the B-25 again. After recovery from India, the crew’s remains (Cobb, Collins, Malovich, Plunkett, & Thorn) were buried in a common grave in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas, (Sec. J, Grave 135).