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  B-25D "Bird Dog" Serial Number 41-29724  
5th AF
38th BG
405th BS

Pilot  Lt. Pavlich
Ditched  November 29, 1942
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by North American. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field to Australia.

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

Mission History
On November 29, 1942 took off from 17 Mile Drome near Port Moresby at 1:45am piloted by Lt Pavlich on a bombing mission against Lae. Returning, this B-25 made a navigation error or suffered a compass failure but reached the southern coast of New Guinea. Out of fuel, this bomber ditched into shallow water north of Yule Island. The entire crew survived the ditching unhurt.

This B-25 ditched into shallow water with the tips of the tail above the waterline.

Fates of the Crew
None of the crew were injured and were later rescued and returned to duty.

Individual Aircraft Record Card (IARC) - B-25C Mitchell Serial Number 42-32262
Missing Air Crew Report 962 (MACR 962)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Walter E. Fuller
FindAGrave - 1Lt Walter E Fuller
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-25C Mitchell 42-32262
Sun Setters of the Southwest Pacific Area pages 228, 230, AII-6, AII-15

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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