B-25D Mitchell bomber of the 13th Bomb Squadron departing Simpson Harbor after an attack, Rabaul, New Britain, 2 Nov 1943

Caption   B-25D Mitchell bomber of the 13th Bomb Squadron departing Simpson Harbor after an attack, Rabaul, New Britain, 2 Nov 1943 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Air Force
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Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 25 Jun 2007

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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Bob Berta says:
31 Oct 2007 02:47:03 AM

This photo is exactly what, how and where my dad flew. He is still living, in Hilton Head, SC (Oct 2007)
2. Peter Hollands says:
2 Apr 2009 03:56:05 PM

Hey I lived in png for a number of years and am still coming across war memorabilia, do you know where I can secure an internet site that will give me "nose names" for planes flying in png ww2, I have come across some wrecks I am trying to track down their original pilots
3. Anonymous says:
11 May 2009 03:44:11 PM

Pacificwrecks.com, airfields and aircraft. if u cant find it there, then you wont find it anywhere.
4. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
24 Apr 2011 11:02:11 AM

HIT'EM HARD, HIT'EM LOW AND HIT'EM FAST: Low level bombing and strafing missions were the most dangerous flak, fighters and the danger of picking up shrapnel from exploding bombs over the target. B-25s were lost in many ways in addition to enemy action, planes and crews were lost due to explosions of their own bombs, over the target, others were lost to bad weather, mid air collisions, lost to enemy and friendly ground fire, lost on takeoffs, engine failure or just disappeared to, or from the target cause unknown, fate of crew unknown MIA. Photo shows target exploding could be a transport, destroyer, frigate or corvette that has been competely destroyed. To fly such missions took courage and skill against an enemy who gave no quarter or took prisoners.

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WW2-Era Place Name Rabaul, New Britain, Australian New Guinea
Lat/Long -4.2167, 152.1667


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