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  B-25D-5 "Blunder Bus" Serial Number 41-30028  
5th AF
345th BG
499th BS

Pilot  1st Lt. Claude W. Burger
Co-Pilot  Captain Edison K. Walters (WIA) C. O. 499th BS
Navigator  2nd Lt. Louis E. Higgins (WIA)

Crashed  July 8, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by North American. Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 345th Bombardment Group, 499th Bombardment Squadron during March 1943. Assigned to pilot Claude W. Burger and crew chief Bright. Nicknamed "Blunder Bus".

Wartime History
On July 8, 1943 took off from Durand Airstrip (17 Mile) near Port Moresby. After take off, the pilot lowered the nose gear incorrectly, believing the co-pilot had already raised the gear. It hit the runway and ended up in the swamp, and the bomber's fuselage had broken. Three crew members were hospitalized in the crash. The aircraft was abandoned.

Probably, this aircraft was scrapped sometime in the early 1980s.  It has not been located recently, and the area described in the crash appears to be empty.

Warpath Across The Pacific page 32-33, 386

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August 7, 2015


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