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  B-25D-5 Mitchell Serial Number 41-12464  
USAAF
5th AF
38th BG
405th BS

Pilot  Captain Warren P. McCartney, O-433711 (WIA, survived)
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. J. S. Donnaud (WIA, survived)
Crew  2nd Lt Richard P. Slye, O-790302 (WIA, survived)
Crew  T/Sgt H. J. W. Murphy (WIA, survived)
Crew  T/Sgt Louis E Peek 18040126 (WIA, died of wounds) TX

Force Landed  August 21, 1943
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by North American in Inglewood, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.

Wartime History
On April 26, 1943 assigned to the 5th Air Force, 38th Bombardment Group, 405th Bombardment Squadron. Assigned to pilot McCartney. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On August 21, 1943 took off from 17 Mile Drome (Durand) near Port Moresby at 0712 on "Mission 232H" on strike mission against Dagua Airfield near Wewak. The formation was escorted by sixteen P-38 Lightnings from the 8th Fighter Group, 80th Fighter Squadron.

Over the target, one "Zero" [Ki-43 Oscar] attacked this B-25 and was claimed as shot down but damaged the hydraulic system in the left engine nacelle. Returning to Port Moresby, this B-25 crash landed at the crash strip at 7 Mile Drome (Jackson). During the landing, this B-25 slid to the side, hit drums of gasoline and was completely destroyed by the ensuing fire. All of the crew were rescued from the wreckage suffering from severe burns. One crew member, Peek subsequently died of his injuries.

Memorials
Peek was officially declared dead the day of the mission. Postwar, he was permanently buried at Savannah Cemetery in Avery, TX.

References
FindAGrave - Louis E. Peek (grave photo)
Sun Setters of the Southwest Pacific Area pages 201, AIII-15

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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