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  B-25C "Tojo's Nitemare" Serial Number 41-129??  
USAAF
5th AF
3rd BG
90th BS

Pilot  2/Lt William Raymond Barker, O-417932 (KIA, BR) OK
Co-Pilot  2/Lt Earl S. Ripley, O-431518 (MIA / KIA) KS
Crew  Sgt Raymond E. McGill, 6287828 (MIA / KIA) AR
Gunner  Sgt William C. Krueger, 16027708 (MIA / KIA) WI
Gunner  Sgt Edward R. White, 6925238 (KIA, BR) LA
Crew  Sgt W. Hill (survived)

Ditched  April 24, 1942
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by North American. Delivered to the U. S. Army serial number 41-129??, the last two digits are unknown. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 3rd Bombardment Group, 90th Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On April 24, 1942 took off from Charters Towers via Cairns as one of three B-25s bound for Port Moresby to fly a combat mission planned for the following day against Lae. The group reached the New Guinea coast, headed west, but unable to find Port Moresby, and turned around to fly east. At dusk and short on fuel the group jettisoned their bombs into the sea.

Ditch near Mariawate into Mullins Harbor. along with B-25C "Chattanooga Choo Choo". Further to the east ditched B-25C "Salvo Sadie". Several bombs had stuck in the bomb bay, and this aircraft blew up when it ditched, with only Sgt Hill surviving the explosion. He spent the night in the sea and washed ashore on a small island.

Search
Nixon reported the ditchings to ANGAU officer, Captain 'Mac' Rich, who sailed from Samarai aboard the Marek, and arrived and met them. The next day, Rich, and native people searched the area but found the water murky and one of the unexploded bombs. Two bodies were recovered, those of Barker and White. The rest of the crew were never located. Rich then departed to look for "Salvo Sadie", returning with their crew on May 1st to the Fife Bay area.

The survivors of the triple ditching left the area on May 3 aboard the Marek to Milne Bay, where they held a memorial service for the crew of "Tojo's Nitemare", then sailed on MV Matoma to Port Moresby, arriving ten days late, and were sent back to Australia.

Memorials
The two recovered crew are buried at Manila American Cemetery. Barker was officially declared dead (in error) on October 24, 1942. His was buried at Plot A Row 16 Grave 74.White was officially declared dead on April 24, 1942 and is buried at Plot D Row 1 Grave 130. The other members of the crew: Ripley, McGill and Krueger were officially declared dead the day of the mission and are all memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

Reference
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Earl S. Ripley
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Raymond E. McGill
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - William C. Krueger
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-25C Mitchell piloted by Barker
Flightpath Magazine "Underwater Trio" by Michael Claringbould

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

Tech Info
B-25

MIA
MIA
3 Missing

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