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  B-25D-1 "El Diablo IV / Lil Shifless" Serial Number 41-30340  
5th AF
345th BG
499th BS

Former Assignment
3rd BG
13th BS

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345th BG Dec 26, 1943

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

Wartime History
Assigned to the 3rd Bombardment Group, 13th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "El Diablo IV", after prior B-25C "El Diablo" 41-12511, B-25C "El Diablo II", B-25C "El Diablo III / Chatter Box".

Converted to a D-1 strafer at the 4th Air Depot at Garbutt Field near Townsville. Afterwards, assigned to the 345th Bombardment Group, 499th Bombardment Squadron to pilot 1st Lt. Octave J. Daniel, who renamed this B-25 "Lil Shifless", after his prior aircraft B-25D "Shif'less Skonk" 41-30021 was written off.

The regular crew included:
Pilot 1st Lt. Octave J. Daniel
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Russell N. Erum
Navigator  1st Lt. James T. Bryan
Engineer  SSgt Dean W. Butler
Radio-Gunner  TSgt James E. Griffin
Turret Gunner  SSgt Edward J. Cooley
Crew Chief  TSgt Donald E. Thomas

On December 26, 1943, participated in a mission over Cape Gloucester and was photographed over the target. On January 25, 1944 flown on a mission over the Admiralties piloted by Taylor and February 3 over Dagua piloted by Anderson.

In total, this B-25 flew at least 60+ combat missions, and at least one fat cat mission to Australia. Prior to May 1944, painted with the "Bat Outta Hell" nose marking and operated from Nadzab Airfield.

After Daniel completed his tour of duty in July 1944, this B-25 was assigned to 1st Lt. John B. Boyd and continued to fly combat missions.

Finally, on December 2, 1944 declared war weary and transferred to a service squadron. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped.

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January 31, 2018


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