|Pilot 1st. Lt William L. Crocker, Jr. O-021666 USMC (MIA / KIA) MA
Passenger Captain Royal Freeman Munger, USMC O-016262 (MIA / KIA) IL
MIA March 25, 1944
Built by North American. Manufacture Number 78-6480. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as SNJ-4 Texan bureau number 7008.
Assigned to the United States Marine Corps (USMC), Marine Air Group 11 (MAG-11) to squadron SS-11. No known nickname, nose art or squadron number.
On March 25, 1944 took off from Espiritu
Santo pilot 1st. Lt William L. Crocker, Jr. on a flight and crashed at the northern end of Espiritu
Santo. The plane went down in the water about 1/4 to 1/2 mile from the
northern shoreline. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
Both crew were officially declared dead on March 26, 1945. Both are memorialized at Honolulu Cemetery (Punchbowl) at the courts of the missing. Crocker at court 2. Munger at court 4.
John Munger (son of Royal Munger)
Another source lists the proximate location of the crash as15° 10' S 166° 52' W.
Navy Serial Number Search Results - SNJ-3 Texan
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - William L. Crocker Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Royal Freeman Munger
FindAGrave - William L Crocker, Jr (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Capt Royal Freeman Munger (courts of the missing photo)
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March 16, 2019