Force Landed November 15, 1943
Built by North American. Delivered to the U. S. Army on July 26, 1943. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 38th Bombardment Group, 822nd Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. Officially condemned on March 22, 1945.
On November 15, 1943 took off from 7-Mile Drome (Jackson) near Port Moresby on a strike mission against Wewak, along with B-25s all four squadrons of the 345th Bombardment Group, plus two squadrons of B-25G's from the 38th Bombardment Group. An escort by P-47s was planned, but were not met at the rendezvous point at Mount Yonkie. Instead, approximately 15 "Zeros" (actually Ki-43 Oscar fighters) were encountered at roughly 10:00am. Damaged, this B-25 crash landed near Chivasing in the Markahm Valley near Nadzab after being attacked by Japanese fighters. All crew members survived, and were taken to 5th Air Force Headquarters afterwards.
Until the 1960s, wreckage of this B-25 remained in situ.
Port Moresby Log - B-25 42-65112
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-25 42-65112
248th Hoku Sentai "Hard Luck" Fighter Unit, Part 2 by Richard Dunn
Note: this aircraft is possibly confused with B-25G 42-64848.
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January 5, 2018