Two of five B-25s departed the airfield at Panagarh, India, at 0830 hours, 17 October 1945, for Bangalore, India, to be later scrapped. B-25, # 43-4955, was located, crashed 13 miles from Udayagiri, India. On 23 October 1945, a jeep and 3 officers (Chaplain Capt. Claude T. Ennis, 1stLt Robert Clark, Operations Officer, and 1stLt Jack L. McAnally, Provost Marshal) were sent by C-47 to Vizigapatam, India, for a ground investigation. The aircraft and fragments of the crew but positive identification were made. The remains were given a Christian burial in the Mallikpodi Christian cemetery. This MACR holds numerous pages of Q&A of several witnesses under oath with investigators who recommended disciplinary actions against two officers, including a USAAF Colonel, Group Commander, for dereliction of duty for failing to ensure the aircraft were sufficiently maintained and prepared for flight and manned with sufficient and qualified USAAF personnel, leading the aircraft aloft to be vulnerable to navigational and pilot errors and resulted in crashes and deaths. After recovery from India, his remains were buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 7 February 1949 (Sec. B, Grave 755).

B-25 Mitchell, # 43-4904

 

POWERS, WILLIAM, First Lieutenant, # 0-771795, USAAF

 

He completed flight instruction through advanced schools to fly the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to India. His last assignment was to the 12th Bomb Group, 434th Bomb Squadron. Two of five B-25s departed the airfield at Panagarh, India, at 0830 hours, 17 October 1945, for Bangalore, India, to be later scrapped. B-25, # 43-4955, was located, crashed 13 miles from Udayagiri, India. On 23 October 1945, a jeep and 3 officers (Chaplain Capt. Claude T. Ennis, 1stLt Robert Clark, Operations Officer, and 1stLt Jack L. McAnally, Provost Marshal) were sent by C-47 to Vizigapatam, India, for a ground investigation. The aircraft and fragments of the crew but positive identification were made. The remains were given a Christian burial in the Mallikpodi Christian cemetery. This MACR holds numerous pages of Q&A of several witnesses under oath with investigators who recommended disciplinary actions against two officers, including a USAAF Colonel, Group Commander, for dereliction of duty for failing to ensure the aircraft were sufficiently maintained and prepared for flight and manned with sufficient and qualified USAAF personnel, leading the aircraft aloft to be vulnerable to navigational and pilot errors and resulted in crashes and deaths. After recovery from India, the remains of 1stLt Powers and SSgt. Keefer were buried in a dual ceremony and burial in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, on 18 July 1949 (Sec. 34, Grave 4986).

KEEFER GEORGE DANIEL, Staff Sergeant, # 33271314, USAAF

 

George D. Keefer was born on 6 May 1913 in Sunnyside, Northumberland Co., Pennsylvania, to George W. Keefer (1870-1936) and Rebecca Elizabeth (Ferster) Keefer (1873-1938). Siblings included Harvey L. Keefer (1894-1968), Ralph T. Keefer (1906-1976), Earl Eugene Keefer (1909-1966), Mae Elizabeth (Keefer) Kling (1896-1937), Claud Donald Keefer (1911-1913), Clarence Arthur Keefer (1900-1985). His father was a locomotive engineer in 1910-1920. His father made harness silk in 1930. He was a graduate of Sunbury High School – anxious for knowledge, studious, debating team, press club, Legion Oratorical Contest, 2nd Prize.