|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
Built by North
American as a model D-5. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.
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.
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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January 5, 2018