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  B-25C Mitchell Serial Number 41-12501  
USAAF
5th AF
3rd BG
13th BS

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John Douglas 1990s

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Daniel Leahy 2005

Pilot  2nd Lt. Harold J. Heinbuch, O-789161 (survived) OH
Navigator  
Lt. Walkur (survived)
Bombardier  
Lt. Owen (survived)
Engineer  
Sgt Jack R. Keith (survived)
Gunner  
Sgt Glenn F. Crawford Jr., 14047825 (survived) GA

Crashed  October 13, 1942
MACR  none

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. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On October 13, 1942 one of two B-25s that took off from 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby to attack a Japanese submarine off Goodenough Island. Over the target, they failed to locate the submarine and instead attacked the secondary target, a Japanese landing party at Waytutu Point.  Returning to Port Moresby in bad weather, the aircraft could not locate its home airfield. Lost, the entire crew bailed out successfully and the B-25 crashed near Lea Lea.

Fates of the Crew
The entire crew landed unhurt and later returned to duty. Later, Heinbuch and Crawford went Missing In Action (MIA) as pilot and radio aboard B-25D Mitchell 41-29733 on December 31, 1942. Keith went Missing In Action (MIA) aboard B-25C Mitchell 41-12962 on July 23, 1943.

Wreckage
This B-25 crashed near Lea Lea. The site includes the engines, propellers, machine guns and wreckage. The tail wreckage existed with the serial number digits '501' still visible. Between the 1990s and 2005, most of the wreckage and aluminum was scrapped.

Daniel Leahy visited the site in August 2005:
"Today, all that is left is the crash crater, two engines and two machine guns at the site."

References
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-25C Mitchell 13 October 1943
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Harold J. Heinbuch
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Glenn F. Crawford Jr.
FindAGrave - 2Lt Harold J Heinbuch (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Harold J Heinbuch (memorial marker)
Thanks to Edward Rogers and Daniel Leahy for their assistance with this profile

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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