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  B-25D Mitchell Serial Number N5-169  
NEAIF
18 Squadron

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

Aircraft History
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.

Wartime History
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.

Mission History
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.

Memorials
The crew from this aircraft are buried at the Ambon War Cemetery in Plot 7, Row D, Collective Grave 8-13.

References
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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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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