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  B-25C Mitchell Serial Number N5-135  
18 Squadron

Pilot  1/Lt A F Oudraad, NEIAF (MIA / KIA)
Co-Pilot  2/Lt J B F de Knecht, NEIAF (MIA / KIA)
Bombardier  Sgt Neville George William Morris, RAAF 414152 (MIA / KIA) Townsville, QLD
Radio  Sgt A H de Jongh, NEIAF 92347 (MIA / KIA)
W/AG  Sgt Geoffrey Albert O'Hea, RAAF 405464 (MIA / KIA) Skillion Flat, NSW

Crashed  April 28, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by North American. U. S. Army serial number 41-12912. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Netherlands East Indies Air Force (NEIAF) serial number N5-135. Assigned to 18 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On April 28, 1943 took off on a bombing mission against enemy shipping. At approximately 0850 hours while carrying out a mast high bombing attack on enemy ships south of Ceram, the aircraft was shot down by anti-aircraft fire.

The aircraft attacked at just above sea level, pulled up over the ship, went into a slow right roll and then crashed into the sea bursting into flames. At the beginning of the roll about a third of the left wing was seen to fly off and an explosion occur inside the aircraft.

Both of the RAAF personnel are listed at Ambon War Cemetery as having "No Known Grave" on column 10.

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Last Updated
April 24, 2018


Tech Info

2 Missing

MapS 4*40'
E 130*30'

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