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  B-25D-15 "Fer de Lance" Serial Number 41-30527  
5th AF
38th BG
823rd BG

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Phil Bradley 1996

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Dan Seymore 1999

Pilot  1st Lt. G. J. Maturi (survived)
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt G. Grendahl (survived)
Navigator  1st Lt C. Brown (survived)
Radio  T/Sgt L. Jackson (survived)
Gunner  S/Sgt R. Winsor
Force Landed  April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday"'
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, 823rd Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Fer de Lance". When lost, 25+15 bomb markings indicating missions flown were painted on the nose.

Mission History
On April 16, 1944 took off from Nadzab Airfield on a bombing mission against Hollandia. On the return flight, the formation encountered a severe weather front of bad weather. This B-25 ran low on fuel and force landed at Yami Airfield near Saidor. None of the crew were seriously hurt during the crash landing.

After the crash, the nose section was removed. During the late 1990's, the nickname "Fer de Lance" and 25+15 bomb markings were still visible on the side of the nose.

Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 79 (middle upper)
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-25C Mitchell 41-30527
Black Sunday page 98

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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