R. J. Henderson (KIA)
A. McCorkle (KIA)
Radio T/Sgt Pattie (KIA)
Passenger Moore (KIA)
Crashed September 17, 1943
Built by North American. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 38th Bombardment Group, 405th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "The Little Gem". This
in 23 combat missions between 11 June to September 17, 1943, the date
it was lost, flying a total of 39 flights.
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.
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
recovered in 1974 for the PNG
War Museum. It is unclear if they
are still in the collection or on display.
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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February 4, 2018