|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
Built by North American in Inglewood, California. Constructors Number 82-5133. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-25C Mitchell 41-12498. Assigned to the N Air Force (NEIAG) as Mitchell N5-155. and ferried overseas via Hickam Field to Australia.
On March 25, 1942 assigned to the 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group, 90th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.
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 ditched south of Salamaua into the sea. The bombardier, Sgt. Kelly was apparently killed during the attack or bomb run. Wise was wounded in both legs. The rest of the crew survived unhurt.
Fates of the Crew
The five surviving crew reached shore and made contact with members of the New Guinea Volunteer Rifles (NGVR) at Mubo. With the aid of the NGVR, crew were escorted from Mubo on a trek that lasted ten days before arriving at Wau.
Wise was carried on a strecher by native carriers.
During June 1942 the crew was flown from Wau Airfield and returned to Port Moresby.
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)
Andrew Wise (son Trevor Alan Wise)
"My father, Sgt. Trevor Alan Wise was wounded in both legs and was carried on a stretcher for 10 days up to Wau by the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels."
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-25C Mitchell 41-12498
"12498 (MSN 82-5133) to Netherlands East Indies AF as N5-155 Feb 25, 1942. Ferried to Australia but impressed Mar 25, 1942 by USAAF and assigned to 3rd BG. Ditched offshore May 25, 1942 after being attacked by fighters during attack on Lae, New Guinea."
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
Thanks to Michael Kelly and Andrew Wise for additional information
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February 14, 2020