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  B-25C "Hellzapopin II" Serial Number 41-12464  
USAAF
5th AF
17th TRG
Headquarters

Former Assignments
3rd BG
13th BS

Pilot  1st Lt. George W. Dixon, O-25595 (MIA / KIA) Aberdeen, SD
Co-Pilot  2nd Walter M. Tibbits, Jr., O-726603 6th PRG, HQ (MIA / KIA) OH
Observer  Captain Ralph E. F. Meyerhein, O-406432 (MIA / KIA) OH
Engineer  S/Sgt Oran Koontz, 19067522 (MIA / KIA) CA
Radio  S/Sgt Walter J. Vaughn, Jr., 13045933 (MIA / KIA) PA
Passenger  Captain Donald R. Seitz, O-342239 Dental Corps (MIA / KIA) MT
Passenger  Cpl Kermit B. Cox, 36055867 (MIA / KIA) IL

MIA  February 18, 1944
MACR  2549

Aircraft History
Built by North American in Inglewood, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group, 13th Bombardment Squadron . Assigned to pilot Ellis. Nicknamed "The Nip Clipper" with tail letter "S". Later, it was converted to a B-25 strafer. Renamed "Hellzapopin II". Afterwards, this B-25 was transferred to the 17th Tactical Reconnaissance Group, 71st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron or Headquarters Squadron. When lost, engines were R-2600-13 serial numbers 41-30717 and 41-30322. Weapon serial numbers not noted in Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 2549.

Mission History
On February 18, 1944 took off from North Borio Airstrip (Dobodura No. 15) piloted by Dixon on an administrative flight between Dobodura and Kiriwina. Last sighted on take off by Captain Frederick J. Northway. Weather was low ceiling with rain along the route.

Search
Afterwards, a search was conducted by 5th Air Force Sea and Ground Rescue under the supervision of Lt. Garner. Two units of L-5s searched along the probable route, but no traces of the missing aircraft was found. 5th Fighter Command was also notified, but failed to report anything.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

References
Another source states B-25C 41-12464 was assigned to the Netherlands East Indies Air Force (NEIAF) with serial number N5-151.
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-25C Mitchell 41-12464

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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