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B-25J 43-36128 Lost December 29, 1944

B-25J 336128

B-25J-10-NC Mitchell 336128 of 11th Air Force, 28th Composite Group, 77th Bomb Squadron, based on Attu, lost on December 29, 1944 during a fighter decoy sweep of Suribachi Airfield on Paramushiru Island, Kuriles (now part of Russia). Lt. Banker radioed Lt. Leonard Kupersmith that he was executing a 180-degree turn, but was never heard from again. The plane failed to return to base. No search was conducted. The entire crew was listed as missing in action.

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Aleutians 1942-1943

When the Japanese occupied the islands of Attu and Kiska in the Aleutians in Alaska in June 1942, the Allies had to remove them before they could attack the Kuriles. The Aleutians would be the only land battles in North America during World War II. The cold weather and remote location would make resupply of the Japanese garrison difficult, while the Americans would send thousands of highly trained soldiers to attack the outpost that conceivably could threaten Canada and the Western coast of the United States.

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