|Pilot Major John Philip "Jock" Henebry (survived)
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. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii 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 machien 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.
The Grim Reapers page 112, 113 114-128
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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February 14, 2020