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  B-25D-5 "Doodle" Serial Number 41-30015  
USAAF
5th AF
345th BG
499th BS

Aircraft History
Built by North American. Delivered to the U. S. Army.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 345th Bombardment Group, 499th Bombardment Squadron during March 1943. Nicknamed "Doodle" and assigned to 1st Lt Orlen N. Lovrtin, who ferried this aircraft overseas.

The original crew assigned were:
Pilot  1st Lt Orlen N. Lovrtin (KIA December 19, 1943 on C-47 heading for R&R in Australia)
Co-Pilot  1st Lt. Kenneth D. McCulure (named his next plane B-25D "Doodle Jr." 41-30164)
Navigator  1st Lt James M. Mahaffery
Engineer  SSgt Harry Zarfar
Radio-Gunner  TSgt Frank M. Dugan
Turret Gunner  SSgt Clair F. Ervin
Crew Chief  TSgt Charles L. Schell

During October 1943, this B-25 was repainted with the squadron's "Bat Outta Hell" nose art. Also flown by Captain O. A. Loverin, and other pilots.

On October 12, 1943 flew against Rabaul, October 16 Wewak, October 24 Rabaul piloted by Loverin, November 27 Boram Airfield piloted by Baker.

On February 3, 1944 from Dobodura also flew the February 3, 1944 mission against Dagua Airfield piloted by Taylor and Hollandia on April 3 piloted by Baird. In total, this B-25 flew at least 80 combat missions with the 499th Bombardment Squadron.

On July 12, 1944 transferred to a service squadron as war weary. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped.

References
Warpath Across The Pacific page 216 (profile) 386, 418-419

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

Tech Info
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