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  SNJ-3 Texan Bureau Number 7008  
USMC
MAG-11
SS-11

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

Aircraft History
Built by North American. Manufacture Number 78-6480. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as SNJ-4 Texan bureau number 7008.

Wartime History
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.

Mission History
On March 25, 1944 took off from Espiritu Santo 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. Both crew were listed as missing in action.

Memorials
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.

Relatives
John Munger (son of Royal Munger)

References
Another source lists the proximate location of the crash as15° 10' S 166° 52' W.
Navy Serial Number Search Results - SNJ-3 Texan 7008
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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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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