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  B-25D-1 Mitchell Serial Number 41-30529  
38th BG
405th BS

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August 18, 1943
Pilot  1st Lt. John Donegan (survived)
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. Charles Peebles (WIA, survived)
Navigator  1st Lt. Victor C. Scammel (WIA, survived)
Radio/Gunner  S/Sgt Joseph Carroll (survived)
Gunner  Sgt Donald Bybee (survived)

Force Landed  August 18, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by North American as a model D-15. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 38th Bombardment Group, 405th Bombardment Group. Converted to D-1 strafer by the 4th Air Depot at Garbutt Field near Townsville. No nickname, adorned with the "Green Dragon" nose marking of the 405th Bombardment Squadron.

Mission History
On August 18, 1943 took off from 17 Mile Drome (Durand) near Port Moresby on a mission over Wewak. Damaged over the target, two of the crew were wounded. Returning to Port Moresby, this B-25 force landed at 7 Mile Drome (Jackson).

Filmed from the ground after the landing, damage included a shell that impacted the cockpit canopy and shattered the top turret windows. Pilot Donegan earned the Distinguished Service Cross (DPS) for this mission.

Scammel passed away September 25, 2003. He is buried at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas, TX.
Bybee passed away on Aprl 7, 1997 and buried at Warrensburg Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Warrensburg, MS.

FindAGrave - Victor C Scammel, Sr (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Donald Eugene Bybee (grave photo)
Thanks to Edward Rogers for additional information

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February 14, 2020


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