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  B-25D-30 Mitchell Serial Number A47-3  
RAAF
2 Squadron

Former Assignments
2 AD

Pilot  F/O Allen Wallace Slater, 414849 (MIA / KIA) Indooroopilly, QLD
Crew  F/O Murray Scott Millett, 426641 (MIA / KIA) Lismore, NSW
Crew  F/O John Francis Daggett, 434341 (MIA / KIA) Lubeck, VIC
Crew  F/O Bernard Alwin Wisniewski, 423966 (MIA / KIA) Coogee, NSW
Crew  F/Sgt Keith Rutherford Philipson, 429669 (MIA / KIA) Leeton, NSW
Crew  Sgt Desmond Frederick Harberger, 435448 (MIA / KIA) Dalby, QLD

MIA  September 22, 1944


Aircraft History
Built by North American as a model B-25D-30 Mitchell. Assigned U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) serial number 43-3423. Ferried overseas to Australia.

Wartime History
On April 22, 1944 assigned to the Neatherlands East Indies Air Force (NEIAF) as Mitchell N5-181.

On April 26, 1944 assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Mitchell A47-3 to 2 Air Depot (2 AD). On June 18, 1944 assigned to 2 Squadron. Later, stripped to bare metal finish. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On September 22, 1944 took off on a barge strafing mission off Manatuto on Timor. While strafing a Japanese barge and pulling out of a dive, this Mitchell was seen to high speed stall then flick to starboard and crash into the sea with no survivors.

Memorials
All crew members are listed at the Adelaide River War Cemetery on the Northern Territory Memorial. Slater, Wisniewski and Millett on panel 7. Daggett on panel 6. Philips on on panel 9. Harberger on panel 10.

References
B-25 Mitchell in Dutch Service - B-25D-30 Mitchell 43-3423 to NEIAF ad N5-181 later to RAAF as A47-3. lost on operations 9/44
ADF Serials - Mitchell A47-3
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information

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Last Updated
May 22, 2017

 

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