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  B-25C Mitchell Serial Number 41-12920  
5th AF
312th BG
389th BS

Pilot  Captain William H. Gaskill, Jr., O-112671 (survived)
Co-Pilot  1st Lt. William C. O'Connor, O-665600 (survived)
Engineer  S/Sgt James W. MacElveen, 12061500 (survived)
Engineer   Sgt Albert W. Mattarn, 39175152 (survived)
Radio  SSgt Albert G. Brockhouse, 16017070 (survived)
Passenger  1st Lt. Lemuel E. Pollace, O-797896 (survived)
Passenger  2nd Lt. Leonard H. Refp(?), O-581127 (survived)
Passenger   2nd Lt. Leo V. Brasier, O-580569 (survived)
Passenger  S/Sgt Augustus W. Yelles 13052169 (survived)
Passenger   Captain Clifford Graber (survived)
Passenger   2nd Lt. Frank G. Sebree, O-2032622 (survived)
Passenger  1st. Lt. James F. Gorse, O-649639 (survived)
Passenger  Cpl Robinson, ANGAU (survived)

Force Landed  March 28, 1944 at 2:00pm
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by North American in Inglewood, California. Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 312th Bombardment Group, 389th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

Wartime History
On March 28, 1944 took off from Gusap Airfield on an administrative flight bound for Brisbane, flying via Port Moresby to Townsville to refuel, then onward to the final destination.

Approaching Townsville, severe cyclonic weather closed in, forcing this B-25 to turned back to Cairns, which they also closed in due to bad weather. Flying inland to escape the weather and low on fuel, this B-25 force landed near Almaden about 100 kms west of Atherton at 2.00pm, belly landing at the edge of town without any injuries to any of the crew or passengers.

Australia @ War - Crash of B-25 near Almaden
Rampage of the Roaring '20s

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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