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  B-25D-1 "Doodle Jr." Serial Number 41-30164  
5th AF
345th BG
499th BS

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345th BG c1943

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345th BG c1943

Pilot  1st Lt. Edward L. Reel
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. Charles Yackiw
Navigator  1st Lt. Robert E. Driscoll
Radio  SSgt Corydon M. Johnson
Gunner  SSgt Rosaire A. Dubois

Ditched  September 19, 1944

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
Converted to a D-1 strafer at the 4th Air Depot at Garbutt Field near Townsville. Assigned to the 345th Bombardment Group, 499th Bombardment Squadron on August 7, 1943. Assigned to 1st Lt. Kenneth D. McCulure with crew chief Salzman. Nicknamed "Doodle, Jr." with the "Bats Outta Hell" motif painted on the nose.

Later, this B-25 had "Bluto" from the Popeye cartoon and the crew's nickname "The Brutes" and an eight ball added to the nose art. Previously, McCulure was the co-pilot of B-25D "Doodle" 41-30015.

Mission History
On September 19, 1944 took off piloted by 1st Lt. Edward L. Reel on a mission against Sidate Airfield on Celebes. Nearing the island, this B-25 experienced an oil leak and aborted the mission. When the oil drained out, the engine became hot and was shot down and quickly lost altitude because the propeller could not be feathered. Ditched 30 miles west of Halmahera and quickly sank before the life rafts could be deployed.

Thirty minutes after the ditching, a B-24 returning from the same mission spotted dye in the Molucca Sea. and a PBY Catalina rescued the entire crew, three hours later.

Warpath Across The Pacific page 190-191, 193 (color photo), 387

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February 4, 2018


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