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|Pilot 1st Lt. Austin W. Eivers, O-724911 (survived) Portland, OR
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. William E. Eliason, O-795375 (survived) Trenton, NJ
Bomb/Nav 1st Lt. John W. Kalpass, O-725070 (survived)
Engineer S/Sgt Robert E. Adams, 13028100 (survived) Philadelphia, PA
Radio S/Sgt Lloyd V. Johnson, 37449536 (survived)
Gunner S/Sgt Earl "Karl" T. Oliphant, 36121046 (survived) Detroit, MI
MIA October 6, 1943 at 7:15pm
Built by North American in Inglewood, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-25C-20 Mitchell serial number 42-64563. Converted to a B-25G Mitchell. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to the South Pacific.
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. This aircraft was armed with a 75mm cannon, eight .50 caliber machine guns plus two .30 caliber machine guns, serial numbers not listed in MACR 787.
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.
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