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  B-25D-1 "Doodle Jr." Serial Number 41-30164  
USAAF
5th AF
345th BG
499th BS

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345th BG c1943

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345th BG c1943
Pilot  1st Lt. Edward L. Reel (rescued)
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. Charles Yackiw (rescued)
Navigator  1st Lt. Robert E. Driscoll (rescued)
Radio  SSgt Corydon M. Johnson (rescued)
Gunner  SSgt Rosaire A. Dubois (rescued)
Ditched  September 19, 1944
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by North American. Constructors Number 87-8329. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-25D-5 Mitchell serial number 41-30164. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia.

Wartime History
This aircraft was converted to a B-25D-1 strafer at the 4th Air Depot at Garbutt Field near Townsville. Assigned to the 345th Bombardment Group, 499th Bombardment Squadron on August 7, 1943. Assigned to 1st Lt. Kenneth D. McCulure with crew chief Salzman. Nicknamed "Doodle, Jr." with the "Bats Outta Hell" motif painted on the nose. Previously, McCulure was the co-pilot of B-25D "Doodle" 41-30015. Later added to the nose art was "Bluto" from the Popeye cartoon and the crew's nickname "The Brutes".

Mission History
On September 19, 1944 took off piloted by 1st Lt. Edward L. Reel on a mission against Sidate Airfield on Celebes. Nearing the island, this B-25 experienced an oil leak and aborted the mission. When the oil drained out, the engine became hot and was shot down and quickly lost altitude because the propeller could not be feathered. Ditched 30 miles west of Halmahera Island and quickly sank before the life rafts could be deployed.

Rescue
Thirty minutes after ditching, a B-24 Liberator returning from the same mission spotted their marker dye in the Molucca Sea. Three hours later, a PBY Catalina rescued the entire crew.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-25D-5 Mitchell 41-30164
Warpath Across The Pacific page 190-191, 193 (color photo), 387

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September 15, 2019

 

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