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  B-25C-20 Mitchell Serial Number 42-64563  
USAAF
13th AF
42nd BG
390th BS

Pilot  1st Lt.  Austin W. Eivers, O-724911 (rescued) Portland, OR
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. William E. Kliason, O-795375 (rescued)
Bomb/Nav  1st Lt. John W. Kalpass, O-725070 (rescued)
Engineer  S/Sgt Robert E. Adams, 13028100 (rescued) Philadelphia, PA
Radio  S/Sgt Lloyd V. Johnson, 37449536 (rescued)
Gunner  S/Sgt Earl "Karl" T. Oliphant, 36121046 (rescued) Detroit, MI

MIA  October 6, 1943 at 7:15pm
MACR  787

Aircraft History
Built by North American in Inglewood, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to the South Pacific. Converted to a B-25G Mitchell.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 42nd Bombardment Group, 390th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. When lost engines R-2600-13 serial numbers 42-271230 and 42-271248. Weapon serial numbers unknown. This aircraft was armed with a 75mm cannon, eight 50 caliber machine guns plus two 30 caliber machine guns, serial numbers unknown.

Mission History
On October 6, 1943 took off from Carney Field on Guadalcanal on a low level bombing and strafing mission over Kahili Airfield. Weather was 8/10 clouds with visibility of 10-15 miles. Over the target, it was believed the right engine or propeller was damaged causing a runaway propeller that caused the engine to catch fire. Last sighted at 7:15pm between Shortland and Vella LaVella. When this aircraft failed to return, the entire crew was listed as Missing In Action (MIA). In fact, this B-25 ditched and the entire crew survived and deployed their life rafts.

Search
Three search missions were flown in search of this aircraft. On October 7, 1943 eight aircraft searched from Guadalcanal to Ondonga Airfield for four hours, 14 minutes without result. On October 8, 1943 six aircraft searched from Guadalcanal to a point north of Vella LaVella for four hours, 9 minutes without result. Another search spanned from Guadalcanal to a point to the southwest without results for 3 hours, 10 minutes.

Rescue
On October 9, 1943 the entire crew was rescued.

References
Elvers retired as a major in the USAF
FindAGrave - Austin W Eivers died March 18, 1986
FindA Grave - Earl T Oliphant died January 16, 1997

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

Tech Information
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