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|Pilot 1st Lt. Raymond E. Geer (survived) Amarillo, TX
Force Landed January 25, 1945 at 1:50pm
Built by North American. Constructors Number 87-8387. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-25D-10 Mitchell serial number 41-30222. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia.
Assigned to the 3rd Bombardment Group (3rd BG). Later, transfered to the 380th Bombardment Group (380th BG). Nicknamed "Hawg-mouth" in an Old English style font painted in yellow on the left side of the nose. Below the left side of the cockpit was a scoreboard with bomb markings indicating bombing missions flown.
On January 25, 1945 took off piloted by 1st Lt. Raymond E. Geer with a crew of four crew aboard. During the flight, this bomber force landed in the Tanami desert at 1:50pm roughly 60 miles west of Tennant Creek Airfield. The crew survived the landing unhurt.
Fates of the Crew
Afterwards, the crew were rescued and returned to duty.
This B-25 remained in situ in the Tanami desert until June 1974.
Between June 3-7, 1974 this B-25 was recovered from the Tanami desert by the the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre (Darwin Aviation Museum). Afterwards, it was restored to static condition and repainted in the correct wartime markings when it force landed.
The restored aircraft is displayed at the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre (Darwin Aviation Museum).
Geer continued in the United States Air Force (USAF) and served in the Korean War and Vietnam War. He retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Geer passed away November 17, 1995. He is buried National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona at plot MA, memorial marker 156.
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Raymond E. Geer
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-25D-10 Mitchell 41-30222
"30222 (MSN 87-8387) with 345th BG, 498th BS force-landed in Tanami Desert, Australia Jan 25, 1945. Recovered Jun 1974 by Aviation Historical Society and displayed at East Point Museum, Darwin, NT. Reported 1976 under restoration for Darwin Aviation Museum, Australia."
FindAGrave - Raymond E Geer (photo, memorial marker photo)
Darwin Aviation Museum - North American B-25 Bomber S/N 41-30222
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