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  B-25D-1 "Dittum Dattum (II)" Serial Number 41-30312  
USAAF
5th AF
345th BG
500th BS

Pilot  1st Lt. John P. McLean, Jr., O-730938 (MIA / KIA) WA
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. Edgar A. Waite (MIA / KIA) NB
Bombardier  1st Lt. Fred H. Wexler, O-730759 (MIA / KIA) PA
Radio  SSgt Norman E. Godsey, 35164297 (MIA / KIA) IN
Engineer  SSgt Cameron N. Somsel, 16085547 (MIA / KIA) MI
Gunner  SSgt Arthur O. Wezel, 35252845 (MIA / KIA) Danville, IN

Crashed  January 25, 1944
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by North American as a B-25D-10. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force. Modified into a strafer variant (B-25D-1) by the 4th Air Depot at Garbutt Airfield near Townsville. Assigned to the 345th Bombardment Group, 500th Bombardment Squadron on July 8, 1943. Assigned to pilot McLean with crew chief SSgt. Andrew M. Rezin. Nicknamed "Dittum Dattum (II)" named following the loss of B-25D "Dittum Dattum" 41-30073.

This B-25 began flying combat missions from 17 Mile Drome (Durand) near Port Moresby during October 1943, then began operating from Dobodura Airfield during January 1944 until it was lost.

Mission History
On January 25, 1944 took off from Dobodura Airfield as part of "C Flight" for a low level strike against Momote Airfield on Los Negros. Hit by anti-aircraft fire at the end of the runway, McLean waved before crashing at the edge of Papitalai Harbor onto Salami Plantation. The B-25 exploded on impact, killing the entire crew.

Memorials
The entire crew was declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

References
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John P. McLean Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Edgar A. Waite
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Fred H. Wexler03
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Norman E. Godsey
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Cameron N. Somsel
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Arthur O. Wezel
FindAGrave - Edgar A Waite (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Arthur Olin Wezel (tablets of the missing photo, obituary)
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-25D-1 Mitchell 41-30312
Warpath Across The Pacific page 114 (photo), 115, 368, 392

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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B-25

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