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  B-25D-25 Mitchell Serial Number A47-37 Code KO-V
No. 2 Squadron

Former Assignments
3 AD
14 ARD

No. 18 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 Aviation (NAA). Constructors Number 100-20611. At the factory painted with olive drab upper surfaces and gray lower surfaces and U. S. markings. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-25D-25 Mitchell 42-87258. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia.

Wartime History
In Australia, assigned to the Netherlands for the Militaire Luchtvaart (ML-KNIL) Army Aviation Corps of the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army Netherlands East Indies Air Force (NEIAF) as B-25D-25 Mitchell serial number N5-174. During the brief period assigned to the Dutch it is unlikely this B-25 flew combat missions with No. 18 Squadron.

On September 2, 1944 assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as B-25D-25 Mitchell A47-37 at 3 Air Depot (3 AD). On January 29, 1945 to 14 ARD. On March 22, 1945 assigned to No. 2 Squadron with code 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.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-25D-25 Mitchell 42-87258
"87258 to NEIAF as N5-174, later to RAAF as A47-37. Lost en route to Biak 8/14/1945."
ADF Serials - Mitchell A47-37 lists wreckage as found in Dutch New Guinea
CWGC - Edward Melville White
CWGC - Alban Keith Morrell
CWGC - Bernard Michael O'Brien
CWGC - Roderick Alister MacGregor
CWGC - William Joseph Carlyle Maxwell
CWGC - Ian Stanley Coleman
CWGC - Bayard Antony Marshall
CWGC - Victor Allen Morgan

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Last Updated
May 18, 2020

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