CRASH OF A B-25 MITCHELL
AT AMBERLEY, QLD
ON 15 MAY 1943

 

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"Warpath Across the Pacific"
by Lawrence Hickey.

B-25-D-5 Mitchell bomber, # 41-30032, known as "BEST YET", of the 498th Squadron of the 345th Bomb Group, was written off in an accident when the wheels were retracted during take-off before the aircraft had left the ground at Amberley Field in southern Queensland.   The Mitchell bomber was being piloted by Melvin Leroy Best.  One crewman was badly injured.

 

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Subject:     Melvin Leroy Best
Date:              Fri, 12 Jan 2001 08:05:29 -0600
From:            "Carol Hillman BRIDGES" <carol.hillman@gcisd.net>
To:                 pdunn@st.net.au

CC:                gladysbest@aol.com, judyzurlis@home.com

Imagine my surprise and delight to find the account of my father's mishap of May 15, 1943. Daddy is turning 80 on 10 February 2001 and I was searching for a picture of a B-25 to use on the invitation when I stumbled across your information. We have surprised him with this information. Thank you for helping to make his birthday celebration even better!

Carol

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Melvin Best

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Melvin Best

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Melvin Best

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Melvin Best

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Melvin Best

 

 

Can anyone help me with more information on this crash?

 

I need your help

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 Peter Dunn 2015

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