|Pilot Lt. Nichols (KIA)
Crashed July 28, 1943
Built by North American in Inglewood, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group, 13th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Johnny Pom Pom / Eager Eagle".
On July 28, 1943 took off from Dobodura piloted by Nichols on a mission to bomb a Japanese barge a mile up the river at Cape Bushing, then strafe Cape Gloucester Airfield and bomb a Japanese destroyer off Cape Gloucester. The formation claimed a enemy aircraft destroyed on the ground at Cape Gloucester Airfield and two hits on the destroyer. Over the target, intercepted by Zeros and damaged. Returning, this B-25 crashed west of Soputa. Four bailed out prior to the crash.
13th Bombardment Squadron History
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-25 Mitchell 28 July 1943
Aircraft Serial Number Search incorrectly lists this B-25 as MIA on July 1, 1943.
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February 4, 2018