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  B-25D-10 "Dirty Dora II" Serial Number 41-30276  
USAAF
5th AF
345th BG
499th BS

Aircraft History
Built by North American as model D-10. Converted to a B-25D-1 strafer version. Assigned to the 345th Bombardment Group, 498th Bombardment Squadron and nicknamed "Sir Beetle", and placed in an aircraft dump.

On Biak, this B-25 was salvaged by Captain Victor W. Tatelman, the B-25 was stripped to bare aluminum and the nose section of B-25J was installed with a nose gun configuration, and electronic equipment to sense Japanese radar signals. Overhauled, the new B-25 was nicknamed Dirty Dora II, after Tatelman's old aircraft, B-25C "Dirty Dora" 41-12971.

This modified B-25 was detached for special service with 5th Bomber Command HQ, but remained assigned to its former squadron for servicing. This B-25 flew combat missions during March 1945 operating from Clark Field. It did locate one radar installation and photograph it, before the bomber was transferred back to normal bomber service and completed the war.

Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

References
Warpath Across the Pacific pages 211, 332, 390

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Last Updated
January 1, 2014

 

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