Force Landed January 31, 1943
Built by North American. Assigned U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) serial number 41-12913. Ferried overseas to Australia.
Assigned to the Netherlands East Indies Air Force (NEIAF) with serial number N5-139. During April 1942, assigned 18 Squadron at Fairbairn Airfield. No known nickname or nose art.
Took off from McDonald Airfield on a bombing mission against Dili. Returning, this aircraft and B-25C N5-134 ran short of fuel and force landed into marshy ground east of Tree Point near the Moyle River about
30 - 40km NNE of Port Keats, southwest of Darwin.
Around 1970, RAAF Iroquois A2-390 piloted by F/L Allen Bridges with crew member Monty Jesinowski spotted this bomber from the air and landed to investigate. At the time, most of the 50 caliber machine guns and the cockpit instruments were still in place. The aircraft remained in situ until around 1972.
During 1972, salvaged.
Oz@War - Force Landing of Two B-25 Mitchells Returning to McDonald Airfield, NT
Joe Baugher "B-25 Mitchell in Dutch Service" notes as crashed 2/43 (sic) also: "The B-25s in India (NEIAF serials N5-139 (sic), N5-143, N5-144, N5-145, and N5-148) were requisitioned by the RAF and were modified to photographic reconnaissance configuration. Two of them were assigned RAF numbers MA956 and MA957, but the other three retained their NEI numbers of N5-144, 145, and 145. All were eventually assigned to No 681 Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron in India."
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January 5, 2018