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  B-25C-1 "Dirty Dora" Serial Number 41-12971  
5th AF
345th BG
499th BS

Former Assignments
38th BG
405th BS
71st BS

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345th BG c1943

Aircraft History
Built by North American in Inglewood, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-25C-1 Mitchell serial number 41-12971. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia.

Wartime History
During September 1942, assigned to the 5th Air Force, 38th Bombardment Group, 405th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Dirty Dora".

This B-25 flew combat missions during September 1942 - April 1943. Next, assigned to the 71st Bombardment Squadron during April 1943 - July 1943, and flew during the Battle of the Bismarck Sea.

On July 17, 1943 flown Garbutt Field near Townsville for modification at the 4th AIr Depot into a strafer variant. Afterwards, returned to New Guinea.

Assigned to the 345th Bombardment Group, 499th Bombardment Squadron. Assigned to 1st Lt. Victor Tatelman and crew chief TSgt Perry W. Scott. Missions flow included October 12, 1943 Rabaul mission. October 16 Wewak mission (claiming a Ki-43 Oscar). February 3, 1944 Dagua mission and February 15, 1944 Kavieng mission.

In December 1943 the nose was painted with a blue bat insignia. This B-25 suffered nose gear damage on February 17, 1944 and was repaired at the 376th Service Squadron at Nadzab Airfield. Afterwards, it was assigned to to Lt. Graham.

When this B-25 was declared war weary on August 30, 1944 it had flown 175 combat missions. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise abandoned.

Tatelman named another bomber in honor of this bomber, B-25D "Dirty Dora II" 41-30276.

Warpath Across the Pacific pages 62-63, 194, 218, 387, 422-423

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July 12, 2018


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