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  B-25D-1 "Flying Ginny / Bette" Serial Number 41-30017  
USAAF
5th AF
345th BG
499th BS

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Howard Moore 1943

Pilot  1st Lt Chandler S. Whipple, O-735715 (MIA / KIA) NH
Co-Pilot  F/O Royce E. Tuttle, T-187606 (MIA / KIA) TX
Engineer  SSgt Walter C. Shultz, Jr., 18080791 (MIA / KIA) TX
Radio  TSgt Hubert A. Camper, 13063255 (MIA / KIA) TN
Gunner  SSgt James B. Mixon, 14124159 (MIA / KIA) SC

Crashed  October 5, 1943
MACR  754

Aircraft History
Built by North American as a model D-5. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 345th Bombardment Group, 499th Bombardment Squadron. Modified at the 4th Air Depot at Garbutt Field near Townsville into a staffer version (B-25D-1). Assigned to pilot Jack Broadhurst. Nicknamed "Flying Ginny" after Broadhurst's wife on the left side of the nose. Co-pilot Whipple painted his wife's name on the right side "Bette". After Broadhurst left the squadron, 1st Lt Chandler S. Whipple took over the aircraft. Crew chief was Howard B. Moore. When lost, engines R-2600-13 serial number 41-28451 and 42-77632.

Mission History
On October 5, 1943 took off from Port Moresby on a barge sweep along the north coast of New Guinea near Bogadjim. After shooting up ten barges, some B-25s flew inland to look for more targets in the vicinity of Erima Plantation. While flying at low level, this B-25 was hit by intense anti-aircraft fire and was seen with the cockpit and nose section completely enveloped in flames. The damaged B-25 continued on course for a moment then crashed into the ground, killing the entire crew.

Wreckage
During November 2002, this B-25 was visited by a team from U. S. Army CILHI and coded "PNG #45".

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

Whipple has a memorial marker at Homeland Cemetery in Bristol, NH at section 21W, lot 6, grave 5.1.
Tuttle has a memorial marker at Rutledge Cemetery in Poteet, TX.
Shultz has a memorial marker at Mount Lebanon Cemetery in Lebanon, PA at section S.

Relatives
Eldon Tuttle (nephew Royce Tuttle)

Josh Moore (grandson of Howard B. Moore)
"I'm the grandson of the late Howard B. Moore that was the crew chief of the Flying Ginny / Bette."

References
Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 754
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Chandler S. Whipple
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Royce E. Tuttle
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Walter C. Shultz Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Hubert A. Camper
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - James B. Mixon
FindAGrave - Chandler Sargent Whipple (memorial marker)
FindAGrave - Royce E Tuttle (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - Walter Philip Shultz (memorial marker photo)
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-25C Mitchell 41-30017
Warpath Across The Pacific pages 51, 366, 386, 413

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

Tech Info
B-25

MIA
MIA
5 Missing

Map
5.26
145.44

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