Pacific Wrecks Pacific Wrecks - preserving the legacy of World War II and Korean War Non-profit 501c3 charity devoted to sharing Pacific history and news

501c3 non-profit charity
All donations are
100% tax deductible
  Search Forum Areas Aircraft Ships MIAs People Reviews Help  
  B-25B "Ruptured Duck" Serial Number 40-2261  
12th AF
17th BG
95th BS

Pilot  Lt. Ted W. Lawson, O-399549 (WIA)
Co-Pilot  Lt. Dean Davenport, O-427310 (WIA)
Navigator  Lt. Chas. L. McClure, O-431647 (WIA)
Bombardier  Lt. Robert S. Clever, O-432336 (WIA)
Engineer  Sgt. David J. Thatcher, 19019573 (WIA)

Ditched  April 18, 1942 "Doolittle Raid"
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by North American. Assigned to the 17th Bombardment Group, 95th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Ruptured Duck" with nose art of Disney Donald Duck character with crossed crutches. One of sixteen B-25's assigned to the "Doolittle Raid".

Mission History
On April 18, 1942 took off from the USS Hornet (CV-8) as part of the "Doolittle Raid". This B-25 took off as aircraft number seven. Over the target, this B-25 dropped three demolition bombs and one incendiary bomb on an industrial section of Tokyo.

After the raid, this bomber ditched in the China Sea west of Shangchow, China. The crew members were badly injured, three injured, one slightly injured took to the life raft. Thatcher was only slightly injured and swam back to the wreck to get the medical kit from inside.

Fates of the Crew
Chinese fishermen were persuaded by Thatcher to carry his injured crew mates to temporary safety. Then for three days Chinese fishermen were forced or persuaded by him to carry the injured crew members over difficult mountainous terrain for medical treatment. All the crew were saved from capture as a result of Thatcher's leadership.

General Doolittle's Report on Japanese Raid April 18, 1942

Contribute Information
Are you a relative or associated with any person mentioned?
Do you have photos or additional information to add?

Last Updated
August 7, 2015


Tech Info
Pacific Wreck Database
Pacific Wrecks Incorporated is a non-profit charity 501(c)(3)  Donate Now

All rights reserved