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  B-25D-1 "Butch" Serial Number 41-30163  
USAAF
5th AF
345th BG
501st BS

Former Assignments
38th BG

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345th BG c1943

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Dennis Gray c1973

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Justin Taylan 2004

Pilot  1st Lt William H. Cather (survived)
Co-Pilot  Lt. Paul Murphy (survived)
Engineer  Sgt. James Immekus (survived)
Gunner  Sgt Joe Seale (survived)

Crashed  August 26, 1943
MACR  none

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, 38th Bombardment Group. Converted to a strafer variant (B-25D-1) by the 4th Air Depot at Garbutt Field near Townsville. Afterwards, assigned to the 345th Bombardment Group, 501st Bombardment Squadron on August 10, 1943.

Mission History
On August 26, 1943 took off form 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby on a local flight to 30 Mile Drome (Rogers) to pick up another crew. On landing, this B-25 slid off the runway due to wet conditions and was a complete loss, but none of the crew were injured. Afterwards, transferred to the 374th Service Squadron for salvage.

Wreckage
Abandoned at the western end of the airfield.

Albert H. Cross remembers:
"In 1957/8 there was a wreck of a B-25 Mitchell, with the name "Butch" on the nose, lying alongside the road at the other end of the strip. Just the fuselage section. The plane was in poor condition - no wings, all inside fittings/instruments removed."

During the late 1970s, the The Air Museum of Papua New Guinea had plans to salvage this aircraft, but never recovered the wreckage.

In the 1990's the wreckage was partially scrapped.

Justin Taylan adds:
"By 2004, this B-25 had been largely scrapped, only the bomb bay, part of the center section, and part of the left wing remained."

References
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-25D Mitchell 41-30163
Warpath Across The Pacific, page 40, 397
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 79

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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