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

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
MACR  787

Aircraft History
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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

On October 9, 1943 the entire crew was rescued.

Eivers retired from the U. S. Air Force (USAF) with the rank of Major. He passed away March 18, 1986. Eivers is buried at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, OR at row D, grave 2370.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-25C-20 Mitchell 42-64563

"64563 converted to B-25G. With 42nd BG (M), 390th BS, shot down by AAA between Shortland Island and Vella LaVella Oct 6, 1943 in Solomons. MACR 787. Entire crew rescued."
MACR 787 (MACR 787)
The Crusaders A History of the 42nd Bombardment Group (M) page 45
FindAGrave - Austin W Eivers (grave photo)
FindA Grave - Earl T Oliphant (grave photo)

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Last Updated
February 14, 2020


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