On 17 October 1944, a B-25H, # 43-4905, assigned to 10th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, departed its airfield on a bombing mission over Nawnghkio Air Base. Its last contact was by radio with 1stLt Harry A. Fisher, 0-750362, at about 1500 hours while in the target vicinity. Its crew were:
Pilot 1stLt Robert D. Drummey 0-815670
Navigator/Bombardier 1stLt Franklin J. Stom 0-685137
Engineer-Gunner Pvt Michael F. Foley 32382310
Radio Operator-Gunner Sgt James S. Nara 33165016
Armorer-Gunner SSgt John Andrews 39612333
One B-25 and eight P-47s were sent on a search mission by 10th Air Force. 1stLt Fisher reported that he led a flight of three B-25s on the mission during bad weather. About 5 minutes from the target, they went through a cloud for about 20 seconds and encountered mild turbulence. Upon cloud exit, his right wing-man was missing. The other two completed the bomb run. About 15 minutes away from the target, the missing bomber contacted him. He directed him to go ahead and make his bomb run. The reply was “Okay” and about 5 minutes later, Fisher tried to contact him again but was unsuccessful.
Those listed on the next-of-kin list were:
Drummey Florence M. Drummey M, 11 Miller Ave, East Braintree, Mass.
Stom Eva My Stom, M, 380 Tyler St, Gary, IN
Andrews Helen Andrews, W, East Missoula, Montana
Nara Ruth Helen Nara, M, 74 Delaware Ave, Uniontown, PA
Foley Olive Foley, M, 228 Spencer St, Ithaca, NY