Lost at Sea

A look into the air war and saving pilots!



As November 1944 began, the 345th Bomb Group was flying to the staging base of Morotai, where they would then take part in missions that targeted islands in the Philippines. Morotai was three hours away from their base at Biak Island. While this hop could be considered routine, weather once again thwarted plans of landing at Morotai on November 6th. As the B-25 pilots attempted to fly through the stormy weather, Morotai went on red alert and the control tower went off the air. It became extremely difficult for the crews to find their way to Morotai without a radio signal, not to mention a way out of the storm. Several pilots turned around. One, Lt. Edward Reel, remained in the area, hoping to catch a station. Aboard his B-25 were six crewmen as well as two passengers.

Hours passed. Reel had descended to find the bottom of the clouds…

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on April 15, 2017, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

  1. Fantastic story, the circumstances must have been horrendous, I need to research who did not make it out of the plane, considering there were six crewman and two passengers, wonder who and why the passengers were on board.

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  2. Definitely following them as well :))

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  3. It’s amazing to see what human beings can withstand…thank you for posting!

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  4. Merry Easter 😀

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  5. Thanks for sharing this! I will bop on over to the original post.
    Happy Easter Whee-kend you and your family, GP!
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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  6. This title alone is frightening. I can’t imagine how much courage it would take to not give up when lost at sea.

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  7. That must have been awful, drifting about in those life-rafts, hoping for rescue. I can’t even imagine that kind of desperation.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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