Pacific Wrecks
Pacific Wrecks   Donate Now  
Search Chronology Locations Aircraft Vessels Missing In Action (MIA)
 
  B-25D-25 Mitchell Serial Number A47-37 Code KO-V
RAAF
3 Squadron

Former Assignments
2 AD
14 ARD
2 Squadron

NEIAF

Crew  F/Lt Edward Melville White, 402097 (MIA / KIA) Croydon, NSW
Crew  F/O Alban Keith Morrell, 7246 (MIA / KIA) Northam, WA
Crew  Sgt Bernard Michael O'Brien, 431510 (MIA / KIA) Carnegie, VIC
Crew  F/Sgt Roderick Alister MacGregor, 433732 (MIA / KIA) Tamworth, NSW
Crew  Cpl William Joseph Carlyle Maxwell, 34759 (MIA / KIA) Howlong, NSW
Crew  LAC Ian Stanley Coleman, 140811 (MIA / KIA) Leabrook, SA
Crew  LAC Bayard Antony Marshall, 73231 (MIA / KIA) Collaroy, NSW
Crew  LAC Victor Allen Morgan, 88726 (MIA / KIA) Waratah, Tasmana

MIA  August 14, 1945


Aircraft History
Built by North American. USAAF serial number 42-87258, NEIAF serial number N5-174.

Wartime History
Assigned to the RAAF on September 2, 1944 with serial number A47-37 to 3 AD. On January 29, 1945 to 14 ARD. On March 22, 1945 assigned to 2 Squadron. Coded KO-V and later stripped to a bare aluminum finish.

Mission History
On August 14, 1945 one of six B-25s led by F/L Sharpe that took off from Hughes Airfield via Mokmer Drome on Biak, then onward via Morotai bound for Sepinggang Airfield. After take off from Hughes Airfield this B-25 failed to communicate and was presumed lost en route to Biak. Last seen approaching the coast of New Guinea, turning away at 3,000' and disappearing into clouds.

Search
When this B-25 failed to land at Mokmer Drome on Biak. No trace was found despite an intensive 3 day search.

Apparently post-war searches in the area by RAAF Searcher Team lead by F/Lt O'Shea could not be adequately carried out.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission and all were listed on the Lae Memorial. White and Morrell on panel 6. O'Brien, MacGregor, Morgan and Coleman, Maxwell on panel 7.

References
ADF Serials - Mitchell A47-37 lists wreckage as found in Dutch New Guinea
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information

Contribute Information
Are you a relative or associated with any person mentioned?
Do you have photos or additional information to add?

Last Updated
May 22, 2017

 

Tech Info
B-25

MIA
MIA
8 Missing

    All rights reserved.  
  Pacific Wrecks Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to bringing home those Missing In Action (MIA) and leveraging new technologies in the study of World War II Pacific and the Korean War.  
Facebook Twitter YouTube Google Plus Instagram
 
Forum Updates People Museums Reviews Submit Info How You Can Help