and photo furnished by Malcolm Lewis
The caption the Facebook page said the
picture was taken in the US Airforce workshop Eagle Farm which is in
Brisbane. It was a major airbase in the pacific war.
It looks the plane had a nose wheel
failure. Perhaps the starboard wing was damaged as well requiring
Perhaps the glass nose was replaced at
the time with the strafing nose . I understand this was a local
innovation that went from the field to the factory.
SNAFU a B-25D-1 S/N 41-30054 Was shot
down on October 18, 1943.
SNAFU downing story:
After a successful attack on shipping
at Vunapope, New Britain B-25-d-1 #41-30054 and it’s two wingmen
engaged a large force of Japanese fighters in an 80 minute running air
battle down the New Britain coast. SNAFU’s turret gunner, Sgt.
Henderson, shot down four Japanese fighters and claimed two more
probables in the fight which claimed one of the B-25s and badly damaged
the other. SNAFU finally caught fire in the radio compartment and
Capt. Anacker made a good water landing near Cape Kwoi. Four
crewmen escaped before the plane sank. Hardy died in the water
from wounds received during the air battle and Anacker apparently
drowned.,. Lt. Migliacci and Sgt. Henderson made it to shore and
through friendly natives eventually reached and Australian Coast Watch
Station. Shortly thereafter they were forced to take to the bush
with the members of the Coast Watch team and they hid out in the
interior of New Britain until shortly before they were picked up by a
PT boat on March 26, 1944.
Anacker, Capt, Lyle E.
Koenig, 2/Lt. David
Hardy, S/Sgt. George
M., Jr Eng-Gunner