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  B-25C "El Diablo" Serial Number 41-12511  
5th AF
3rd BG
13th BS

Pilot  1st Lt. Harold V. "Hal" Maull (rescued)
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. David M. Conley (rescued)
Navigator  2nd Lt. Alfred A. Heyman (rescued)
Bombardier  SSgt O. C. Cook (rescued)
Crew Chief  Sgt Walter A. Doiron (rescued)
Gunner  Sgt Francis H. Pryor (rescued)
Gunner  Sgt Francis M. Fowler
Ditched  May 10, 1942

Aircraft History
Built by North American in Inglewood, California. Assigned to the Netherlands East Indies Air Force (NEIAF) with serial number N5-125 on March 13, 1942. Ferried overseas to Australia. Instead, delivered to the U. S. Army on March 27, 1942 as U. S. Army AIr Force serial number 41-12511.

Wartime History
Assigned to 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group, 13th Bombardment Squadron to pilot Harold V. "Hal" Maull. Nicknamed "El Diablo".

Mission History
On May 10, 1942 took off on a strike mission against Deboyne Lagoon and aircraft moored north of Nivani Island. After claiming a Japanese seaplane shot down, the life raft in this aircraft broke loose and caught the tail section. Damaged, this B-25 crash landed on a coral reef off Samurai. The entire crew were unhurt in the landing.

Fate of the Crew
After the landing, pilot Maull recovered the aircraft clock and kept it as a memento. Before departing, the crew burned their B-25. Aided by friendly natives they were taken to Samurai to await rescue. During late May 1942, they boarded MV Matoma and were transported back to Port Moresby and returned to duty.

PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-25 Mitchell piloted by Maull
Thanks to Edward Rogers for additional information

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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