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  B-25D-10 "The Little Gem" Serial Number 41-30321  
USAAF
5th AF
38th BG
405th BS

Pilot  Lt. R. J. Henderson (KIA)
Co-Pilot  Lt. A. McCorkle (KIA)
Radio  T/Sgt Pattie (KIA)
Passenger  Moore (KIA)

Crashed  September 17, 1943
MACR  none

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

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 38th Bombardment Group, 405th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "The Little Gem". This aircraft had participated in 23 combat missions between 11 June to September 17, 1943, the date it was lost, flying a total of 39 flights.

Mission History
On September 17, 1943 took off from 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby on a practice bombing mission over Rorona Bombing Range near Rogers Drome (30 Mile). The cause of the crash was unknown, the entire crew was killed.

Wreckage
The wreckage of the aircraft remained until at least the early 1970s.

Charles Darby adds:
"The aircraft was certainly near Rogers, but further inland --- just how far I don't know. Bill Chapman told me about the aircraft and told me who would know where it was, and we drove out and found it, but we did not go to Rogers [Drome] on that day so I don't know the relationship of the crash site and the airfield."

The four 50 caliber machine guns from the nose were recovered in 1974 for the PNG War Museum. It is unclear if they are still in the collection or on display.

References
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 33 (lower right)
B-25 Mitchell in Dutch Service - Lists B-25D-10 Mitchell 41-30321 as to NEIAF ad N5-169 - missing 8-44

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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