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

Other Assignment
13th BS

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Aircraft History
Built by North American in Inglewood, California, the tenth B-25C produced. Intended for the Netherlands East Indies Air Force (NEIAF) and assigned serial number N5-124 during March 1942. Flown by commercial pilot to Australia.

Soon after arrival, this B-25 was assigned to the 3rd Bombardment Group on April 6, 1942 at Charters Towers Airfield. Nicknamed "Mortimer" in block letters on the side of the nose.

Wartime History
During the middle of April 1942, flown from Darwin to Del Monte Airfield on Mindanao. Piloted by Smith and Talley, participated in the Royce Mission during April 12-13, 1942 flew bombing missions against against Cebu Harbor and Davao.

Later, it was converted to a strafer, with the nose over painted and flew out of 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby. Reassigned to the 90th BS and participated in the Battle of the Bismarck Sea in early March 1943.

Possibly returned to the United States, ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped.

Oz @ War "B-25C Mitchell 41-12443 Mortimer in Australia during WW2"

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Last Updated
June 29, 2019


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