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  B-25C "Ole Cappy" Serial Number 41-12938  
5th AF
38th BG
405th BS

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38th BG c1942

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Mondelli c1943

Aircraft History
Built by North American in Inglewood, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-25C Mitchell serial number 41-12938. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 38th Bombardment Group, 405th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Ole Cappy".

Wartime History
During 1943, this B-25 operated from 17 Mile Drome (Durand) near Port Moresby.

On January 7, 1943 took off at 9:40am on a search mission for B-17F Flying Fortress 41-24383 reported as missing the previous day over the Gulf of Papua. This B-25 flew 100 miles out to sea on course of 190° searching a width of roughly 50-60 miles but made nil sightings and landed at 11:45am.

Until at least March 1944, this B-25 was used as an administrative aircraft. Officially condemned on November 16, 1944. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-25C Mitchell 41-12938
"12938 condemned Nov 16, 1944"

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Last Updated
September 4, 2018


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