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B-25J Mitchell of 498th Bomb Squadron Hit By Flak and About to Crash

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North American B-25J-10-NC Mitchell “Jaunty Jo,“ serial number 43-36192, 498th Bomb Squadron, 348th Bomb Group, Fifth Air Force (Far East Air Force) was struck by hidden antiaircraft artillery just after deploying 250-pound (113.4-kilogram) parachute-retarded demolition bombs on the Byoritsu Alcohol Refinery in Formosa. The cockpit has been torn open. Seconds later the plane crashed, killing the entire crew: Second Lieutenant Robert J. Knauf, Second Lieutenant Martin H. Mulner, First Lieutenant Lloyd E. Bodell, Corporal Harold O. Montville, and Gunnery Sergeant Tennyson C. Harrell. The plane was one of 16 B-25s that were attempting to deny the Japanese the ability to process synthetic fuel from sugar cane. Byoritsu refinery was hit in March, May and July 1945.
Image Filename wwii1202.jpg
Image Size 1.56 MB
Image Dimensions 2938 x 2010
Photographer Unknown
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Caption Author Jason McDonald
Date Photographed May 26, 2007
Location Byoritsu Oil Refinery
City Byoritsu
State or Province Taichu Province, Formosa
Country China
Archive National Archives and Records Administration
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Status Caption ©2007, ©2024 MFA Productions LLC
Image in the Public Domain

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