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  B-25D-5 "Dittum-Dattum" Serial Number 41-30073  
USAAF
5th AF
345th BG
500th BS

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Nicolas Duprey 2000

Pilot  1st Lt. John P. McLean
Crashed  May 18, 1943


Aircraft History
Built by North American. Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 345th Bombardment Group, 500th Bombardment Squadron during March 1943 with McLean as pilot and SSgt. Andrew M. Rezin as crew chief. Nicknamed "Dittum-Dattum" and nose art painted before leaving Walterboro, SC. Ferried overseas by McLean as far as New Caledonia.

Mission History
On May 18, 1943 after experiencing engine trouble, this bomber made an emergency landing on one engine at Plaines des Giacs Airfield. None of the crew were injured in the landing.

Excerpt from Warpath Across the Pacific:
"...developed engine trouble and turned back to the airfield. The crew chief, S/Sgt. Andrew M. Rezin, recommended that McLean feather the engine, but the pilot wanted to finish his 180 degree turn first. This was just completed when flames began licking from the cowling. McLean shut it down immediately. The B-25 made it back to the airfield on one engine and was making a straight in approach when McLean discovered that an Australian liaison aircraft had landed and was left sitting on the runway while the crew went to have tea. The only thing he could do was land short beyond the parked plane. There wasn't enough runway left to get the plane stopped and DITTUM-DATTUM ran off the end of the strip, shearing off the landing gear before it slid to a halt. The uninjured crew quickly abandoned the plane, which burst into flames and was destroyed."

References
Warpath Across The Pacific pages 20, 391, 417

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February 4, 2018

 

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