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  B-25D "Junior Bat / Patches" Serial Number 41-29697  
USAAF
5th AF
3rd BG
90th BS

Aircraft History
Built by North American. Constructors Number 87-7897. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-25D Mitchell serial number 41-29697. Ferried overseas across the Pacific to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group, 90th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Junior Bat".

On May 24, 1943 took off piloted by Lt. Clifford Wonderly with co-pilot Richard Davis on a flight from Horanda Airfield (Horanda 4) on a search mission for a Japanese submarine and afterwards landed at Port Moresby.

On May 26, 1943 while parked at 7-Mile Drome, a B-24 Liberator collided with it damaging it. Afterwards, repaired over three months and became a 'fat cat' transport and nicknamed "Patches". Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-25D Mitchell 41-29697
Flight Log of Richard Davis via Scott Davis
Thanks to Clifford Wonderly for additional information

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Last Updated
September 4, 2018

 

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