|Pilot 1st Lt. John P. McLean
Crashed May 18, 1943
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.
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."
Warpath Across The Pacific pages 20, 391, 417
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June 29, 2019