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  B-25C Mitchell Serial Number 41-12502  
5th AF
3rd BG
90th BS

Pilot  2nd Lt. Frederick W. Schierloh, Jr. (KIA, BR) NJ
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. Wilbur B. Ridout (KIA, BR) Iowa Falls, IA
Radio  Cpl Leo J. McMahon (KIA, BR) CT

Crashed  February 5, 1943
MACR  none

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. Ferried to Australia arriving on April 23, 1942.

Mission History
On February 5, 1943 took off from Port Moresby on a practice bombing mission against the wreck of the SS Pruth. Over the target, this B-25's tail collided with the mast of the wreck, and tore off the entire tail, causing the bomber to immediately crash into the sea with no survivors.

Schierloh is buried in Union Cemetery, Ramsey, NJ. The other crew are presumably buried in private burials in their hometowns. Ridout is buried at Jackson Township Cemetery in Owasa, IA. McMahon is buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) at section F grave 803.

Mason City Globe-Gazette "Reburial Rites For War Victim Mason City, IA, March 2, 1948, p, 6, Col. 6-7
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-25C Mitchell 41-12502
FindAGrave - Frederick W Schierloh, Jr.

FindAGrave - Lieut Wilbur B. Ridout
FindAGrave - Corp Leo J McMahon (grave photo)

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Last Updated
February 14, 2020


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