|Pilot Capt. Andre de la Porte, NEIAF
Co-Pilot Lt. J. J. T. Draaijer, NEIAF
Bombardier Lt. F. H. Meijer, NEIAF
Wireless Operator Sgt. Samallo, NEIAF
Top Gunner Lt. Lie Hok Hian, NEIAF
Rear Gunner F/Sgt. Maurice Edward Trimnell, RAAF 436623 (KIA, BR)
Crashed August 24, 1944
Built by North American Aviation. Delivered to the U. S. Army as model B-25D-10 Mitchell serial number 41-30321. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.
Delivered to the Netherlands East Indies Air Force (NEIAF) where it was assigned serial number N5-169. Assigned to No. 18 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
On August 24, 1944 took off from Darwin on a shipping reconnaissance mission in the vicinity of Larat in the Tanimbar Islands.
This B-25 was last seen six miles south of Larat, flying north. Minimum anti-aircraft fire with possible rocket or mortar fire was experienced from Larat.
Recovery of Remains
In July 1946 RAAF Searcher Team F/Lt O'Shea advised that a B-25 Mitchell was located on a beach of Watedol, near Larat. Six bodies were buried nearby. Individual identification was impossible. A gold signet ring with the initials "S. M. H." was found in the grave. Locals advised that the aircraft was shot down by anti-aircraft fire from Larat on August 24, 1944.
The crew from this aircraft are buried at the Ambon War Cemetery in Plot 7, Row D, Collective Grave 8-13.
18 Squadron Operations Record Book (ORB) (NAA: A9186, 40)
B-25 Mitchell in Dutch Service - Lists 41-30321 as to NEIAF ad N5-169 - missing 8-44
RAAF Casualty Card - Maurice Edward Trimnell
RAAFDB - Mitchell N5-169
B-25 Mitchell in Dutch Service - B-25D-10 Mitchell 41-30321 to NEIAF ad N5-169 - missing 8-44
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this profile
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February 4, 2018