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  B-25C "Mortimer" Serial Number 41-12443  
USAAF
5th AF
3rd BG
90th BS

Other Assignment
13th BS
NEIAF

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Witten c1943

Aircraft History
Built by North American Aviation (NAA) in Inglewood as the tenth B-25C manufactured. Constructors Number 82-5078. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-25C Mitchell serial number 41-12443. Purchased by the Netherlands East Indies Air Force (NEIAF) as B-25C Mitchell serial number N5-124. During March 1942 flown by commercial pilots via Hickam Field across the Pacific to Australia.

Wartime History
Soon after arrival in Australia, requisitioned by the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF). On April 6, 1942 assigned to the 3rd Bombardment Group (3rd BG), 13th Bombardment Squadron (13th BS) at Charters Towers Airfield. Nicknamed "Mortimer" in block letters on the side of the nose.

Royce Mission
On April 11, 1942 took off from Batchelor Field near Darwin piloted by Smith with co-pilot Talley on the Royce Mission as one of nine B-25s with three B-17s on a flight 1,500 miles northward to Del Monte Airfield on Mindanao in the Philippines. On April 12, 1942 and April 13, 1942 one of nine B-25s plus three B-17s that bombed Cebu and Davao. Afterwards, flown back to Batchelor Field.

In Australia, converted to a strafer, with the nose over painted and flew missions from 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby. Reassigned to the 90th Bombardment Squadron (90th BS). In early March 1943 participated in the Battle of the Bismarck Sea.

Possibly this B-25 was flown back to the United States. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-25C Mitchell 41-12443
"12443 (MSN 82-5078) to Netherlands Indies AF as N5-124 Feb 5, 1942. Ferried to Australia but impressed Mar 27, 1942 by USAAF and assigned to 3rd BG"
Oz @ War "B-25C Mitchell 41-12443 Mortimer in Australia during WW2"

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April 13, 2021

 

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