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499th BS c1943
|Pilot 1st Lt William A. Selby, O-738263 (MIA / KIA) Akron, OH
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt Robert M. Gribble, O-829004 (MIA / KIA) Shiremanstown, PA
Radio T/Sgt Merton E. Voigt, 39236540 (MIA / KIA) MI
Engineer S/Sgt George I. Whittier, 11021886 (MIA / KIA) PA
Gunner S/Sgt David P. McManus, 13136948 (MIA / KIA) Baltimore, MD
Crashed June 16, 1944
Built by North American. Constructors Number 87-8184. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-25D-5 Mitchell serial number 41-30019. Ferried overseas by pilot Lt. Owen A. Hawver flying via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia.
During March 1943, assigned to the 5th Air Force, 345th Bombardment Group, 499th Bombardment Squadron. Assigned to pilot Hawver with crew chief Rapp. Nicknamed "Hell's Belles" with the nose art of a skull with horns and extended tongue. Nose number "140". Bomb markings were painted on the nose indicating missions flown. Below the the navigator's position was painted "Rollo".
This B-25 first flew bombing missions as a medium bomber operating from Port Moresby. Modified by the 4th Air Depot at Garbutt Field near Townsville into a model D-1 strafer. Other known pilots include 2nd Lt. Kenneth D. McClure, 2nd Lt. Paul T. Luttrell who completed his tour of duty piloting this B-25.
On November 2, 1943 flown on the mission against Rabaul. Over the target, the tail was damaged, and a Zero claimed by gunners. Afterwards, flown by 1st Lt. Robert W. Spear. Finally 2nd Lt. William Selby.
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