|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 (survived)
Landed April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday"'
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, 823rd Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Fer de Lance". When lost, 25+15 bomb markings indicating missions flown were painted on the nose.
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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January 5, 2018