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  B-25C Mitchell Serial Number 41-12498  
5th AF
3rd BG
90th BS

Pilot  1st Lt. Irvine H. Shearer (survived)
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. George C. Farr, 8th BS (survived) OK
Bombardier  T/Sgt Arthur G. Kelly (MIA / KIA) Henderson, NC
Engineer  Cpl Ed Rush (survived)
Radio  Sgt Trevor Alan Wise, 408201 RAAF (survived) Hobart, TAS
Turret Gunner  Pfc Glenn Frizzle (survived)

Ditched  May 25, 1942

Aircraft History
Built by North American in Inglewood, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group, 90th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On May 25, 1942 in the morning, this B-25 took off from Cooktown Airfield on a flight to 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby. Took off again from 7-Mile Drome as one of eight B-25s on a bombing mission against Lae Airfield. Aboard was Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) radio operator Sgt Trevor Alan Wise.

Over the target, attacked by approximately 15 A6M2 Zeros from the Tainan Kōkūtai in vicinity of Lae Airfield for twenty minutes. This bomber was damaged and force landed south of Salamaua on the sea. The bombardier, Sgt. Kelly was apparently killed during the attack or bomb run. The other five crew members reached land and made contact with members of the New Guinea Volunteer Rifles (NGVR) at Mubo and were safely flown out of Wau Airfield during June.

Kelly was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

Michael Kelly (son of Arthur G. Kelly)

Arthur G. Kelly was a member of the 89th Bombardment Squadron. After his death on this mission, he was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross [read citation]. He was married to Virginia Clair Kelly. They had one son Michael G. Kelly.
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-25C Mitchell 41-12498
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Arthur G. Kelly

WW2 Nominal Roll - Trevor Alan Wise

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Last Updated
March 23, 2017


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