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3rd BG c1943
3rd BG c1943
|Pilot Major John Philip "Jock" Henebry (survived) Plainfield, IL
Co-Pilot 1st Lt Norman J. Spitzer (survived)
Crew S/Sgt Cornel J. Biskupski (survived)
Crew S/Sgt John Manovich (survived)
Crew S/Sgt Joseph M. Garber (survived)
Crashed November 2, 1943
Built by North American. Constructors Number 87-8481. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-25D-10 Mitchell serial number 41-30316. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group, 90th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Notre Dame De Victoire" by Major John P. "Jock" Henebry after his alma mater, the University of Notre Dame. Converted to a strafer with machine guns installed in the nose.
On November 2, 1943 took off on a mission against Rabaul. Dropped its bombs on a 7,000 to 8,500 ton transport in Simpson Harbor. Upon leaving the target area, fighters intercepted and knocked out one engine. Because the propeller could not be feathered, a maximum speed of 145mph and a height of 200' could only be maintained as the bomber departed the target area. Returning from the mission, this B-25 was able to reach Kiriwina Airfield but was unable to clear the trees at the end of the runway and instead ditched into the sea, without injury to any of the crew.
Soon after ditching, the entire crew was rescued by a PT Boat and returned to duty.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-25D-10 Mitchell 41-30316
The Grim Reapers (2002) page 112, 113 (Eyewitness Story of Rabaul Smash by Lee Van Atta), 114-128
Eyewitness Story of Rabaul Smash by Lee Van Atta Oct 12, 1943
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-25D Mitchell pilot Henebry
Thanks Edward Rogers for additional information
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