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  B-25D Mitchell Serial Number N5-140  
NEIAF
18 Squadron

Pilot  Sgt Maj G. Tijmons, NEIAF 93268 (KIA)
Co-Pilot  Sgt K van Bremen, NEIAF (KIA)
Radio  Sgt Maj F J. van Wylick, NEIAF 90068 (KIA)
W/AG  F/Sgt Ronald James Hill, RAAF 407768 (KIA) Clarence Park, SA
W/AG  Sgt George Bryanton Weller, RAAF 406968 (KIA) Kenwick, WA

Crashed  April 5, 1943


Aircraft History
Built by North American. U. S. Army serial number 41-29723.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Netherlands East Indies Air Force (NEIAF) serial number N5-140. Assigned to 18 Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
One of three 18 Squadron B-25s that took off at approximately 0450 from Darwin on an armed reconnaissance mission over the north coast of Timor. The two leading aircraft circled awaiting this aircraft to join formation but when contact was not made, proceeded with the mission together. After completion of the mission, the other B-25 piloted by Lt Winckel radioed Darwin stating that this aircraft had not appeared. In fact, it had crashed into the sea one mile off shore, killing the entire crew.

Wreckage
Based on information received from the Army, this B-25 was located almost submerged approximately one mile sea wards of Nightcliffs near Darwin. The cause of the accident was never determined.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the crash. The remains of both RAAF crew members were recovered and were buried at the Adelaide River War Cemetery. Hill at R. D. 5. Weller at R.D.4.

References
Joe Baugher "B-25 Mitchell in Dutch Service"
CWGC - Ronald James Hill
CWGC - George Bryanton Weller
RAAFDB - North American B-25D Mitchell N5-140

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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