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|Pilot 2nd Lt. John D. Feltham (survived)
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Hugh L. Turk (survived)
Crew Sgt Dutrow (survived)
Crew Cpl H. S. Taylor (survived)
Crew Sgt Omar N. Ferguson (survived)
Crew S/Sgt P R Ervin (survived)
Force Landed May 16, 1942
Returning to Port Moresby, Feltham became disoriented in overcast returning. About to run out of fuel, his crew spotted Aiyura Airfield. While landing, the nose wheel hit a hole and buckled resulting in much of the nose section being destroyed, but the crew escaped without any serious injuries. Back at base, this crew was initially reported as Missing In Action (MIA).
Fate of the Crew
On May 20, 1942 an A-24 Dive bomber piloted by Captain Rogers, C.O., 8th Bomb Squadron spotted the crashed B-25 from the air while flying over Aiyura. He landed and spoke with Feltham then continued to Wau. When he returned to Port Moresby, he ordered three of his crews to rescue them.
On May 25, 1942 A-24 41-15783 crashed on take off, killing pilot Holcomb died and wounded Rogers.
On June 18, 1942 Jerry Pendleton landed at Aiyura Airfield in a DH Dragon and flew Rogers out, stopping at Karina / Kerema before returning to Port Moresby. The same day, Feltham attempted to fly the Spartan biplane to Bena Bena Airfield but crashed towards dusk, suffering two broken legs. He was found trapped in the wreckage by members of his crew and several Australians. They splinted Feltham's legs and made a litter to carry him to Bena Bena.
The same DH Dragon piloted by Pendleton flew to Bena Bena Airfield to transport Feltham back to Port Moresby and returned over the next few weeks to rescue the remainder of the crew. A-24 pilot Doan returned to Charters Towers on July 15, 1942.
After the crash, native labor was used to place timber on the ground under the damaged B-25 in an unsuccessful attempt to move it. Later, native labor was used to lift the bomber off the damaged
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