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  B-25D-25 Mitchell Serial Number A47-37 Code KO-V
3 Squadron

Former Assignments
2 AD
14 ARD
2 Squadron


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.

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.

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.

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

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Last Updated
August 10, 2019


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