On 1 June 1944, a 10th Air Force, 12th Bomb Group (Medium), 434th Bomb Squadron, a B-25J, # 43-3935, departed the airfield at Tezgaon, India, on a combat mission to bomb the railroad bridge near Moza, Burma. The weather conditions were very poor with a heavy overcast up to 10,000 feet. The crew were:
Pilot 1stLt Arthur G. Chalk 0-740039
Co-Pilot 2ndLt Nathaniel A. Hanau Jr. 0-677264
Navigator/Bombardier Flight Officer Charles A Launsyer T-111799
Radio Operator SSgt Mauro W. D’Errice 3280408
Engineer Sgt Howard R. Holt 20761157
Armorer Sgt Armand E. Cooney 20167437
(the enlisted men were also gunners)
The aircraft was last seen by 1stLt Herbert W. Lehman, # 0-672134 and 1stLt Edwin F. Johnson, # 0-672119. An element of three aircraft, they had bombed their target and were returning to base. The element flew into a large cloud and, upon exiting, 1stLt Chalk’s aircraft was not again seen.
The next-of-kin were listed as:
D’Errice Mr Angelo D’Errice, father, 755 E. 227th St, Bronx, NY
Chalk Mrs Frances C. Chalk, wife, P.O. Box 53, Wakeeney, Kansas
Hanau Mrs Helen K Hanau, mother, RFD 2, Chardon, OH
Launsyer Mrs Sarah E Launsyer, mother, RR # 1, Cedar Lake, IN
Holt Mr Ora F. Holt, father, 123 Fourth St, Des Moines, Iowa
Cooney Mr Lester W Cooney, father, 349 Center St, Chicoyon, Mass.