Accident North American B-25D Mitchell 41-29675, Friday 1 January 1943
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Date:Friday 1 January 1943
Type:Silhouette image of generic B25 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
North American B-25D Mitchell
Owner/operator:11th BSqn /341st BGp USAAF
Registration: 41-29675
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Yunnani airfield -   China
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Kunming
Destination airport:Yunnani
The men of 11th BS, 341st BG, USAAF, based at Kunming, China, spent the last day of the year 1942 installing half bomb bay tanks and loading bombs aboard their B-25s to prepare a raid on Shwebo, Burma, some 475 miles southwest. Seven aircraft took off on 1st January 1943 and flew to Yunnani airfield for the purpose of topping off their tanks and picking up escort.

During his landing approach at Yunnani, Capt Robert W Ford got into prop wash of another aircraft and was unable to right his plane in time to prevent a wing from hitting the ground. The B-25D (serial 41-29675) skidded across the ground, barely missing parked P-40s and finally coming to rest as a mass of wreckage. At the time the squadron wired the arming wires of the bombs to the shackles so that duds could not be dropped. One of the 550lb Russian bombs carried by this aircraft broke loose from the shackle, lost its arming prop and fully armed buried itself two feet in the earth beneath the plane… but did not explode. No one was injured.

As soon as servicing was completed, the remaining six aircraft took off for Shwebo. Although the target was two hundred miles into enemy lines, no opposition was met and 11th BS’s CO, Col Basye, led the two flights in an uninterrupted run on the target, laying bombs across the runway and well into the revetment area. All bombers returned safely to Kunming.


Revision history:

10-Jun-2023 05:24 RDV Updated
12-Oct-2023 09:56 Laurent Rizzotti Updated
16-Oct-2023 18:01 Nepa Updated

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