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  B-25C-15 Mitchell Serial Number N5-147  
18 Squadron

Pilot  1/Lt L Bal, NEIAF (MIA / KIA)
Co-Pilot  Sgt F A Hoogeveld, NEIAF 93750 (MIA / KIA)
Fire Control Officer  1/Lt P Kruijne, NEIAF (MIA / KIA)
Bombardier  Ens A. B. Andela NEIAF (MIA / KIA)
Radio  Sgt C Van Ginnel, NEIAF 92376 (MIA / KIA)
W/AG  Sgt Reginald Peter Leehy, 412067 RAAF (MIA / KIA) Barraba, NSW

MIA  May 21, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by North American. U. S. Army serial number 42-32484.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Netherlands East Indies Air Force (NEIAF) as serial number N5-147. Assigned to 18 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On May 21, 1943 took off from Darwin as the lead aircraft in a group of three B-25s for an attack on Saumlaki on Jamdena Island.

Hit in the starboard engine by anti-aircraft fire while at approximately 8,500' causing it to catch fire and crash into deep water approximately 1.5 miles south west of the wreck off the western shore of Saumlaki Bay.

One of the crew was seen to leave the aircraft and descend into the water about 1 mile west south west of the crash. Japanese broadcast claimed the commander of this aircraft had been taken prisoner. Post-war interrogations suggest that the two Dutch Lieutenants from this aircraft may have been captured.

Sgt Leehy is memorialized at Adelaide River War Cemetery on the Northern Territory Memorial, panel 10.

Joe Baugher "B-25 Mitchell in Dutch Service"
CWGC - Reginald Peter Leehy
RAAFDB - North American B-25C-15 Mitchell N5-147

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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