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No. 18 Squadron
RAAF April 1942
|Pilot Sgt Visser, NEIAF (MIA / KIA)
Crew Sgt De Hoog, NEIAF (MIA / KIA)
Crew Lt Zeidel, NEIAF (MIA / KIA)
Crew Sgt Van Burg, NEIAF (MIA / KIA)
Crew Cpl Gerads, NEIAF (MIA / KIA)
Mechanic Sgt Hoogtij, NEIAF (MIA / KIA)
MIA October 7, 1943
Built by North American Aviation (NAA) in Inglewood. Constructors Number 82-5568. At the factory painted with olive drab upper surfaces and gray lower surfaces and U. S. markings. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-25C Mitchell serial number 41-12933.
Purchased by the Netherlands for the Militaire Luchtvaart (ML-KNIL) Army Aviation Corps of the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army for use in the Netherlands East Indies (NEI) as B-25C Mitchell serial number N5-136. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia.
In April 1942 at Canberra Airfield (RAAF Fairbairn) repainted in NEIAF markings with serial number N5-136 and the Dutch flag on the rear fuselage and retained the original U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) serial number on both sides of the tails.
Assigned to No. 18 Squadron as one of their first five bombers. No known nickname or nose art. During 1942 until lost in early October 1943 this B-25 operated from the Darwin area in the Northern Territory flying combat missions.
On October 7, 1943 at 6:24am took off from Batchelor Field near Darwin piloted by Sgt Visser and landed at Drysdale Airfield to stage for mission "NEI 6". At 08:15am to took off from Drysdale Airfield at piloted by Sgt Visser on search mission. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission.
Other sources list the date of loss as October 8, 1943 incorrectly.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-25C Mitchell 41-12933
"12933 to NEIAF as N5-136 - missing 10/43"
B-25 Mitchell in Dutch Service N5-136
Australian War Memorial (AWM) P01818.012
18 Squadron Operations Record Book (ORB) (NAA: A9186, 40)
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February 22, 2020
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