Built by North American. Assigned to the 3rd Bombardment Group, 90th Bombardment Squadron. This B-25 was field modified with a 20mm cannon in the nose compartment and eight 50 caliber machine guns. Assigned to Lt. Joseph "Runt" Helbert. Nicknamed "Runt's Roost" with nose art of a shark mouth and eye over the nose.
During 1943, operated from Port Moresby and Dobodura flying combat missions over New Guinea.
Regular crew members included:
Pilot Lt. Joseph "Runt" Helbert
Co-Pilot F/O Ladd
Gunner SSgt Epperson
Radio Sgt Piper
Engineer TSgt Nealy
Asst Engineer SSgt Rush
Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.
Oz@War - Lt. Joseph "Runt" Helbert and B-25 "Run't Roost" 41-29727 90th Bomb Squadron, 3rd Bomb Group
Thanks to Edward Rogers for research and analysis
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January 31, 2018