Lt William H. Cather (survived)
Co-Pilot Lt. Paul Murphy (survived)
Engineer Sgt. James Immekus (survived)
Gunner Sgt Joe Seale (survived)
Built by North American as a model D-5. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 38th Bombardment Group. Converted to a strafer variant (B-25D-1) by the 4th Air Depot at Garbutt Field near Townsville. Afterwards, assigned to the 345th Bombardment Group, 501st Bombardment Squadron on August 10, 1943.
26, 1943 took off form 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby on a local flight to 30 Mile Drome (Rogers) to pick up another crew. On landing, this B-25 slid
off the runway due to wet conditions and was a complete loss, but none
of the crew were injured. Afterwards, transferred to the 374th Service Squadron for
Abandoned at the western end of the airfield.
Albert H. Cross
"In 1957/8 there was a wreck of a B-25 Mitchell, with the name "Butch" on
the nose, lying alongside the road at the other end of the strip.
Just the fuselage section. The plane was in poor condition - no wings, all inside fittings/instruments removed."
During the late 1970s, the The Air Museum of Papua New Guinea had plans to salvage this aircraft, but never recovered the wreckage.
the 1990's the wreckage was partially scrapped.
Justin Taylan adds:
"By 2004, this B-25 had been largely
scrapped, only the bomb bay, part of the center section, and part
of the left
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-25D Mitchell 41-30163
Warpath Across The Pacific, page 40, 397
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 79
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February 14, 2020