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  B-25D-25 "Mitch The Witch" Serial Number 42-87293  
USAAF
5th AF
71st TRG
17th TRS

Former Assignments
38th BG

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Rogers c1944

Aircraft History
Built by North American. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-25D-25 Mitchell serial number 42-87293. Ferried overseas to Hickam Field then across the Pacific to the South-West Pacific Area (SPWA).

Wartime History
Assigned to the 38th Bombardment Group. Later, transferred to the 17th Tactical Recon Group, 71st Tactical Recon Squadron. Nicknamed "Mitch The Witch" and assigned to pilot Captain Bertram "Bert" Sill.

Wartime History
On February 25, 1944 took off piloted by Captain Bert Sill on a mission over the Bismarck Sea. Flying at 3,000' near Kavieng encountered a Ki-21 Sally flying southeast towards Rabaul and engaged in an aerial gun battle with the enemy bomber and shot it down in a series of photographs that have been highly reproduced.

This B-25 flew at least 190+ combat missions in the Pacific. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped at the end of the Pacific War.

Memorials
Sill passed away July 1, 1993. He has a memorial marker at Calverton National Cemetery in Calverton, NY at section MA, site 78.

References
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Bertram A. Sill
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-25D-25 Mitchell 42-87293
"87293 (38th BG/17th RS) Survived 190 missions in Pacific Theatre during WW2; believed scrapped in theatre after war's end."
Combat Recon, page 56-57, 85, 101
FindAGrave - Bertram Albert Sill (memorial marker photo)

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February 23, 2019

 

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