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|Pilot 1st Lt. Pierre G. Powell (survived)
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. E. P. Ogonowski (survived)
Navigator 2nd Lt C. W. Casteel (survived)
Bombardier Sgt. P.L. Ramsey (survived)
Engineer Sgt. G. T. Piohum (survived)
Radio K. R. Gundling (WIA, survived)
Gunner T. C. Riley (WIA, survived)
Passenger Lt. Col Dwight Divine, II (C.O., 22nd BG (survived)
Force Landed June 9, 1942
Over the north coast of New Guinea near Salamaua, B-25 Mitchells from the 3rd Bombardment Group had bombed Lae and were chased by A6M2 Zeros from the Tainan Kōkūtai southward over the Salamaua area. The formation of B-26 Marauders arrived over the same area and were intercepted by the same Zeros.
This B-26 was hit by gunfire in the left wing and hydraulics knocked out. Aboard, Gundling and Riley sustained minor wounds and their gunners claimed a fighter each. The bomber absorbed over 100 hits from the attacking Zeros including a large hole in the left side of the fuselage and rear of the left wing.
Over Cape Ward Hunt, friendly fighter escorts finally chased the Zeros away. Limping back to 7-Mile Drome, this bomber force landed with both engines feathered and the gear retracted due to the loss of hydraulic pressure. During the landing, Divine took over the controls. None of the crew were injured in the landing. On the ground, vehicles raced to the force landed B-26 to aid the crew.
On the ground, Australian war correspondent Damien Parer filmed the force landing and the B-26 on the ground. He wrote in his diary: "It was the most perfect belly landing possible, it was a gem. He landed with his engine cut off and as slowly as possible." Footage of this B-26 force landing appears in two newsreels: Cinesound Review: "Moresby Under the Blitz" and United News "U. S. Bombers Blast Jap Bases". In the former newsreel, the force landing is oriented left to right versus the latter right to left, indication one is version is reversed either by accident or deliberately.
After extensive repairs at Charters Towers Airfield and Tocumwal Airfield, this bomber was turned into a "fat cat" and used to ferry supplies and personnel in Australia. Nicknamed "Rum Runner" and assigned to the 2nd Bombardment Squadron.
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