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|Pilot 1st Lt Octave J. Daniel (survived)
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Russsell N. Erum (survived)
Navigator 1st Lt. James T. Bryan (survived)
Force Landed December 22, 1943
Nicknamed "Shif'less Skonk" with the nose art of a skunk carrying a bomb on the left side of the nose and a skunk holding a bomb in a different pose on the right side of the nose. A scoreboard with bombs indicating missions flown was on the left side of the nose.
During the middle of 1943 onward, this B-25 flew combat mission over New Guinea by regular crew including pilot 1st Lt. Glenn W. Taylor, co-pilot 2nd Lt Octave J. Daniel and bombardier/navigator 1st Lt. James T. Bryan. This bomber was modified into model D-1 strafer by the 4th Air Depot at Garbutt Field at Townsville.
During the attack, this B-25 was hit by anti-aircraft fire from four anti-aircraft fire from guns near the hospital near Wiruri. The damaged included a large hole in the left flap and the hydraulic system was knocked out. Returning, this bomber was escorted by B-25 piloted by Snyder and attempted to return to base.
Without hydraulic or electrical power, requiring the landing gear to be lowered by hand cranking them down, but failed to lock into place. When the B-25 touched down, the gear folded but the crew survived unhurt and broke out into laughter once they were safely on the ground.
Fates of the Crew
Later, 2nd Lt. Russsell N. Erum went Missing In Action (MIA) piloting B-25D "The Ringmaster" 41-30259 on March 26, 1944
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