The rest of the inventory was done on loose sheets rather than a form, and records the contents of the aircraft. Items in RED and underlined are links – click on them to find out what this was. Note the absence of either parachutes or a rubber raft.


Research Documents #9 and #33
Electra Inventory, March 26, 1937, Luke Field, Hawaii
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Following the March 20, 1937 accident at Luke Field, Hawaii, which ended Earhart’s first world flight attempt the U.S. Army Air Corps shipped the aircraft back to California for repair. As part of that process, USAAC 1st Lt. D.M. Tites performed an inventory of the aircraft on March 26. This is that inventory. Although it does not tell us what was aboard the aircraft for its final flight, it does tell us what was aboard for the first intended flight to Howland Island.

This is a scan of the receipt for the crates and boxes which held the Electra for its trip from Hawaii back to California.

TEXT OF RECEIPT:

Quantity
Unit
XXXXX
Contents XXXXX
Weight
Cu.F.
1
Box
No. 1
Miscellaneous Parts & Articles found in Airplane
    (See attached list) 4 pages
423
23
1
"
2
Two (2) Propellers
535
45
1
"
3
Five (5) Pieces Engine Ring Cowl and
   miscellaneous parts consisting of:
     cowlings, exhaust tubes, and
     carburetor tubes
710
89
1
"
4
One piece Engine Ring cowl.
One oil temperature regulator and
  miscellaneous parts consisting of:
     cowlings, exhaust tubes, and carburetor
     tubes
268
37
1
"
5
Two (2) landing gear forks with wheels &
  tires
One (1) exhaust tube
549
57
1
"
6
Two (2) landing gear retracting struts
306
27
1
Crate
7
One (1) right wing
One (1) left wing
*3000
1680
1
Crate
8
Two (2) Horizontal Stabilizer Assemblies
438
216
1
Crate
9
Two (2) Vertical Stabilizer & Rudder assy.
240
139
1
Box
10
Two (2) Wing Flaps
207
25
1
Box
11
One (1) Wasp Engine & accessories right
*1600
148
1
"
12
One (1) Ditto                     left
*1600
135
1
"
13
Two (2) Aircraft Storage Batteries
170
4
1
"
14
Miscellaneous Oil Tubes & Cowling
*68
4
1
Fuselage, less wings and tail surfaces
*4000
5130
 
             T O T A L
14,114
7,764
         *Estimated Weights

SHEET NO. 1

NOTE: *Items placed in airplane.

No.

Quantity

Unit
Items
1 1 Ea. Cloth Flying Helmet
2 1 " One Pound Ball of left twist, type B. 9 cord lock stitch string
3 1 " Package containing 23 rolls Pan-chromatic Kodak film, SS 620
4 1 " Cloth Sack containing: 3 Resistance Bulbs, 3 Cambridge Wools, 1 Pesco Fuel Pump
5 1 " Cloth Sack containing: 3 Transmitter Tubes, #282 A
6 *1 " Roll containing: 11 tubes sealed and marked as follows: 3 Bureau of Plant Industry, 8 Office
of Cooperative Extension Service, Department
of Agriculture, Washington, D.C.
7 1 " Cloth Sack containing: Soap, Cold Solder, Adhesive
Tape
8 1 " Cloth Sack containing: Chamois Strainer, Cowling
Hinges, Grasshopper, Door Handles, 2 Can-o-lites,
12 Dural Plates, Fishing-Tackle, Twisted Linen
Line, Roll of Tape Linen, Rubber Hose, Vacuum Line
thru Firewall
9 23 " Unused Lead Seals
10 2 " Two-Cell Ever-ready Flashlights
11 1 " Small two cell Flashlight, made in Japan
12 8 " Pen size Flashlight Batteries
13 2 " No. 950 Every-ready Flashlight Batteries
14 6 " No. 340 Gem Flashlight Batteries
15 1 " Bausch & Lomb Field Glasses, 6 x 30 Serial No. 221939 with carrying case
16 1 " Carton, unsealed, marked in pencil "Magneto Parts, Gears, and Coils"
17 *1 " One Quart Fire Extinguisher Pyrene, Serial No. Q-990198, Seal Broken, full of fluid
18 *1 " Kodak Duo Six-20, lens No. 865715 with carrying case, shutter housing No. 5116031, Film loaded
19 *1 " Kodak carrying case with Key, Empty (It is believed that Mrs. Putnam has the Kodak in her possession per Lt. Bonner)
20 *3 " Western Electric Radio Head Phones, type No. 588A (2 equipped with ear cushions)
21 *2 " Microphones with Cord, Western Electric type No. 631B
22 1 " Nickel plated hand-ax, Marbles No. 2 with Blade Guard
23 *1 " Signal Pistol, No. A-56, Mark III, one inch
24 1 " Bone Handle, double blade Jack Knife, large Blade No. 22309
25 1 " Tool Kit containing:
1 EA. PWA-19 Monkey Wrench
1 " PWA-20 Crescent Wrench
1 " PWA-21 D.E. Wrench
1 " PWA-22 D.E. Wrench
1 " PWA-23 Magneto Wrench
1 " PWA-24 Socket D.E.
EXHIBIT "M"

SHEET NO. 2

No. Quantity Unit
Items
     
1 EA. PWA-28 Rocker Lock
1 " PWA-29 Screwdriver
1 " PWA-30 Pliers
1 " PWA-32 Cold Chisel
1 " PWA-33 Punch
1 " PWA-34 Hammer
1 " PWA-35 Gage
1 " PWA-36 Kit
1 " PWA-43 Pliers
1 " PWA-144 Wrench
1 " PWA-177 Wrench
1 " PWA-178 Wrench
1 " PWA-186 Wrench
1 " PWA-211 Bag
1 " PWA-314 Carb. metering jet
1 " PWA-321 Adjuster
1 " PWA-439 Wrench
1 " PWA-455 Depresser
1 " PWA-459 Depresser
26 *1 Ea. Tail wheel guide handle
27 1 " Bundle containing: 1 set refueling pipes, clamps, and hose couplings
28 1 " Box Kite
29 *1 Pr. Glasses, Type C-2
30 12 Ea. Aircraft Water Lights
31 *7 " Aluminum Direction Bombs
32 1 " 5 Watt, 12 Volt Lamp
33 *14 " Signal Pistol Shell
34 1 " Detachable door with shade
35 1 Box Assorted fuses
36 1 Ea. Cutout Box
37 1 " Tee Handle Socket Wrench
38 *1 " Bamboo message passer
39 2 " Cowl locking pins
40 1 " Kit containing: 3 Mooring rods, 1 driving rod, and 6 mooring arrows
41 1 " Grayce lubricating gun, P-600 unit
42 1 " Canvas, wing catwalk
43 1 " Sun Helmet
44 1 " Used Roll friction tape
45 1 " Tail wheel complete with tire & tube
46 2 " Floor boards
47 2 " Flap control covers
48 1 " Drift meter stand
49 1 " Anti-glare panel for instrument board
50 1 " Rubber seat cushion
51 1 " Carrying case with key containing 14 folders
52 2 " Red pneumatic cushions

EXHIBIT "M"

SHEET NO. 3

No. Quantity Unit
Items
53 4 Ea. Life Preserver Vests, pneumatic
54 1 " Waterproof zipper bag containing: 4 - 1/2 lb. nestle chocolate bars, 1 pkg. sipping straws, 6 cans malted milk tablets, 3 - 1 lb. pkg. raisins, 1 pkg. dried apricots, 1 pkg. prunes, 2 cans ripe banana, 3 cans tomato juice, 3 dish towels
55 *1 " 5 lb. can Lubriplate
56 *1 " 10 lb. can Mobilgrease, No. 2
57 *1 " 5 lb. can Mobilgrease, No.2
58 *1 " 2 Qt. can Lockheed brake fluid
59 1 Ctn. Spare Propellor bearings
60 *1 Ea. Base Plate for speed and drift meter
61 1 Pkg. Rubber vent covers
62 1 Ea. Cover Plates for wheels
63 1 " Snap Ring
64 1 " Control column wheel
65 2 pcs. Sheet metal Alcoa
66 1 Ea. Waterproof bag containing: 2 flying suits, 1 raincoat, 1 pr. gloves and 1 pr. shoes
67 1 Bag Canvas bag containing:--
3 Ea. No. 2 Unicell Burgess batteries
1 " Waterproof match container with matches
1 " 6" Crescent Adj. wrench
1 Pr. Glasses type A-1
1 Tube Cold Cream - 1 spiral notebook
1   6" screwdriver, 1 personal letter to R.B. Black
1   Awl, 1 chamois
1   bottle Collyrium, 1/4 full
2 cans 10 Amp. fuses
1   Tiger #2 pencil
1   broken carton absorbent cotton
1 roll brass wire - 1 roll cord
1 pkg. containing: - 4 ea. .09 C.P. 11A 122 bulbs and fuses
2 - 7/16" Shackles, 2 spanner wrenches
2   jack pads
68 12 Ea. Battery, #935 Ever-ready
69 100 " Sipping Straws
70 1 Kit First Aid, Bauer & Black No. 42
71 2 Ea. Thermo Jugs, 1 qt.
72 1 Kit First Aid, "Tabloid", Burroughs Wellcome & Co.
73 *1 " Fire Extinguisher, Pyrene, 1-1/2 qt. Ser. 116610
74 1 Set Cord, plug and clips, "Cannon A2R"
75 1 Ea. Tie down rope
76 1 " Broken container Vortex paper cups
77 1 " Broken package paper drinking cups
78 1 " High pressure hand pump, Ser. 799
80 5 Pkg. Air Travelers chewing gum

EXHIBIT "M"

SHEET NO. 4

No.
Quantity
Unit
Items
81 8 Ea. 1 Qt. Sealright containers
82 2 " Canteens, type 4 N
83 1 " Ditto 6 N
84 1 Bdl. Containing: 4 Prop. Blade Covers and 2 engine covers
85 1 Pkg. Kleenex
86 *1 Ea. Funnel with chamois strainer
87 1 Pkg. Air Bottles for life jackets
88 1 Ea. Fuel tank gauges
89 1 Book Radio Aids, Navigation
90 1 Box Lead Pencils
91 1 Book List of Broadcasting stations
92 2 " American Nautical Almanac 1937
93 1 " List of Coast Stations & Ship Stations
94 1 " List of Aeronautical Stations and aircraft stations
95 1 " List of Stations performing special services
96 2   Navigation tables for Mariners and Aviators
97 1 Ea. Envelope containing miscellaneous navigation papers
98 1 " Parallel
99 2 " Dividers
100 3 " Scratch Pads
101 1 " Whistle
102 *1 Box Containing: lights, bulbs, and tubes
103 1 Ea. Triangle
104 1 Pkg. Index Cards
105 1 Ea. Broken Box Kleenex
106 1 Pkg. Navigation Charts and airplane log
107 *1 Ea. Speed & drift indicator, type D-270, with handbook
108 5 Rolls Miscellaneous maps
109 1 Ea. Battery container cover
110 2 " Hose Clamps
111 1 " Prop. hub nut wrench
112 3 " Folders with maps
113 *2 " Lens for cockpit instrument light
114 1 Pc Rubber Hose, 1/2"
115 1 " Pencil type flashlight
116 *1 Ea. Vibracorder "Ohmer-Kienzle"
117 *4 " Clocks, Start & Stop "Omega"
118 *1 " Airspeed Indicator "Pioneer"
119 *1 " Gage Air Temp. Model 602
120 *1 " Ammeter, Weston 425
121 *1 " Altimeter, Kohlsman, 0 to 20,000
122 *1 " Pelorus drift sight, MK II B with extra base
123 *1 " Straight flight compass
124 1 " Steamer rug
125 *2 " Parachute flares

EXHIBIT "M"


This is the end of the inventory. If you would like to know what anything is that is not on the explanations page, please email us about it.


Crash Report Cover Pages Exhibit "G" Statement by Mr. Fred D. Wood, Hawaiian Air Depot.
Proceedings and Findings Exhibit "H" Statement by Mr. E. L. Heidlebaugh, Hawaiian Air Depot.
Exhibit "A" Statement by the Engineering Officer, Wheeler Field, T.H. Exhibit "I" Statement by Mr. Lynn V. Young, Hawaiian Air Depot.
Exhibit "B" "Plan for Amelia Earhart Putnam Flight", Headquarters Wheeler Field, T.H. Exhibit "J" Statement by Corporal E. J. Cashman, R-4311524, 65th Service Squadron.
Exhibit "C" Letter, "Amelia Earhart Putnam Flight", Headquarters Wheeler Field, T.H. Exhibit "K" Statement by Private E. C. Schultz, 6678961, 65th Service Squadron.
Exhibit "D" Statement by the Operations Officer, Luke Field, T.H. Exhibit "M" Inventory of property shipped.
Exhibit "E" Statement by the Engineering Officer, Hawaiian Air Depot. Exhibit "N" Request for shipment and release from responsibility.
Exhibit "F" Statement by Mr. Geo. H. Miller, Hawaiian Air Depot.  
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