|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 (rescued)
Ditched May 10, 1942
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.
Assigned to 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group, 13th Bombardment Squadron to pilot Harold V. "Hal" Maull. Nicknamed "El Diablo".
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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February 4, 2018