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  B-25C "Der Schpy" Serial Number 41-12496  
5th AF
3rd BG
90th BS

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D. Parer July 2, 1942

Aircraft History
Built by North American in Inglewood, California. Allocated for the the NEIAF, but instead assigned to the 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group, 90th Bombardment Squadron on April 6, 1942 and assigned to pilot Ralph L. Schmidt. Nicknamed "Der Schpy" was apparently an amalgam of the pilot's surname, 'Schmidt' and the word 'spy'. Schmidt was later MIA / KIA piloting B-25C 41-12470.

Wartime History
On April 28, 1942, this B-25 piloted by Schmidt and co-pilot Leonidas Baker took off from Port Moresby on a solo photo reconnaissance mission against Lae Airfield. Departing the target and entering clouds, this B-25 was attacked by two enemy aircraft: A6M2 Zero piloted by Arita and A6M2 Zero 1575 piloted by Maeda. Damaged, it was able to return to 14-Mile Drome. On landing, their damaged tire burst when the breaks were applied and the bomber ground to a halt on the wheel hub, digging it into the runway.

Repaired during over the day and night, with a tire from an abandoned B-26, this aircraft managed to take off the next morning for Horn Island Airfield.

Suffered an accident on May 3, 1943, presumably written off or scrapped afterwards.

Thanks to Edward Rogers for additional information

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018


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