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|Pilot 1st Lt. John J. Nolan (survived)
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Edward L. Bina (survived)
Navigator 1st Lt. James L. Johenning (survived)
Engineer Sgt John L. Davis (WIA, survived)
Radio Sgt Raymond F. Kohout (survived)
Gunner SSgt Donald M. Holland (survived)
Ditched August 15, 1944
On January 30, 1944 took off from Horanda No. 4 (Dobodura 4) piloted by 1st Lt. Milford M. Symens on a low level strike mission against Japanese shipping in Hansa Bay. Over the target, hit by 75mm anti-aircraft fire from guns commanded by Japanese Army Captain Umanosake Mitatera on shore nearby. This B-25 sucessfully skip bombed a Japanese ship in Hansa Bay hitting the starboard midship and was credited with sinking the vessel.
Over Ternate, the lead bomber, B-25D 43-3383 suffered a bomb rack malfunction and instead proceeded to make a second bomb run against a a small ship tied up to the jetty at Dodinga on the western side of Halmahera Island, with this bomber flying on its left wingman.
Approaching the jetty, anti-aircraft fire opened up. After dropping its bombs, both B-25 pulled up to climb over the hills surrounding the target. While pulling up, the tail of B-25D 43-3383 impacted this bomber's wing knocking off a six foot section and bending the edge downward, creating drag. The other bomber's tail and causing it to immediately crash and exploded on impact.
Damaged, this B-25 struggled to maintain control and brushed the tree tops of the hills before clearing the elevation with both pilots struggling at the controls. The right engine's power was reduced to nearly idle and the left engine throttled to full power, with the controls to full right aileron with full right rudder to maintain level flight and managed to climb to 5,000' and flew eastward back towards base.
This B-25 attempted to make an emergency at Kamiri Airfield on Noemfoor Island. At 1,000' on the approach to land, the left engine died and the B-25 nearly went out of control, but the pilots managed to raise the landing gear and attempted to ditch into the sea instead. The crew elected to stay aboard instead of bailing out and ditched into shallow water off Kamiri and the lower surface scraped across coral reef and rocks before coming to rest in roughly 3' of water near shore.
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