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  B-25C Mitchell Serial Number N5-133  
18 Squadron

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Ed Plenty c1970s

Pilot  2/Lt R L N Swane, NEIAF
Co-Pilot  1/Lt A J de Wolf, NEIAF
Bombardier  2/Lt C E Begeman, NEIAF
Radio  Sgt Rouvroye, NEIAF 93600
Gunner  Sgt William Charles Donald Moore, RAAF 412029

Force Landed  March 30, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by North American. U. S. Army serial number 41-29713.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Netherlands East Indies Air Force (NEIAF) serial number N5-133. Assigned to 18 Squadron. No known nickname or noseart.

Mission History
On March 30, 1943 took off on an armed reconnaissance mission over Kaimana Bay on the southern coast of Dutch New Guinea. After completing the mission, this B-25 was returning to base but at approximately 0835/Z, it was attacked by two Zeros and the oil line into the starboard engine was damaged, putting the engine out of action. However the attacking Zeros were claimed as shot down by the bomber's gunners: one by 2/Lt Begeman and one by Sgt Moore.

The pilot, 2/Lt Swane, tried to return to Darwin with only the port engine effective, but the distance was too great and the pilot was forced, through lack of fuel, to make a forced landing at Point Jahleel on Melville Island. The landing was made with only slight injuries to the second pilot, 1/Lt de Wolf, the remainder of the crew being uninjured.

In 1986, former crew member Don Moore visited the crash site again with another veteran, Ernie Low.

Australia @ War - Crash of B-25D Mitchell at Point Jahleel, Melville Island, NT
Joe Baugher "B-25 Mitchell in Dutch Service" notes as ditched 2/43

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February 4, 2018


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