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  B-25C-15 Mitchell Serial Number N5-147  
NEIAF
18 Squadron

Pilot  1st Lt L. Bal, NEIAF (MIA / KIA)
Co-Pilot  Sgt F A Hoogeveld, NEIAF 93750 (MIA / KIA)
Fire Control Officer  1st Lt P Kruijne, NEIAF (MIA / KIA)
Bombardier  Ens A. B. Andela NEIAF (MIA / KIA)
Radio  Sgt C Van Ginnel, NEIAF 92376 (MIA / KIA)
W/AG  Sgt Reginald Peter Leehy, 412067 RAAF (MIA / KIA) Barraba, NSW

MIA  May 21, 1943


Aircraft History
Built by North American in Inglewood, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-25C-15 Mitchell serial number 42-32484. Purchased by the Netherlands.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Netherlands East Indies Air Force (NEIAF) as B-25C Mitchell serial number N5-147. Assigned to 18 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On May 21, 1943 took off from Darwin piloted by 1st Lt L. Bal as the lead aircraft in a group of three B-25s for an attack on Saumlaki (Saumlakki) on Yamdena Island (Jamdena) in the Tanimbar Islands.

Over the target, hit in the starboard engine by anti-aircraft fire while at approximately 8,500' causing it to catch fire and crash into deep water approximately 1.5 miles south west of the wreck off the western shore of Saumlaki Bay.

One of the crew was seen to leave the aircraft and descend into the water about 1 mile west south west of the crash. Japanese broadcast claimed the commander of this aircraft had been taken prisoner. Post-war interrogations suggest that the two Dutch Lieutenants from this aircraft may have been captured.

Memorials
Sgt Leehy is memorialized at Adelaide River War Cemetery on the Northern Territory Memorial, panel 10.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-25C-15 Mitchell N5-147
"32484 to NEIAF as N5-147. Shot down by AAA and crashed into deep water 1.5 mi SW of of western shore of Saumlaki Bay May 21, 1943"
B-25 Mitchell in Dutch Service - B-25 N5-147
CWGC - Reginald Peter Leehy

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Last Updated
January 14, 2019

 

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