|Pilot 1st Lt. Roger Hugh Brindos, O-020325 (POW, executed March 3/4, 1944) Dulth, MN
Crashed January 20, 1944
Born in Dulth, MN on August 24, 1921 and attended Duluth Denfeld High School class of 1939 and attended Duluth junior college and married Patricia Sullivan. Enlisted in the US Navy on February 25, 1942 and was one of seven trainees selected for USMC aviation.
Built by Vought. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as F4U-1A Corsair bureau number 17914. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South Pacific and reassembled.
Assigned to the United States Marine Corps (USMC), Marine Air Wing 2 (MAW-2), Marine Air Group 12 (MAG-12), Marine Fighting Squadron 321 "Hell’s Angels" VMF-321. No known nose art or nickname.
On January 20, 1944 took off from Torokina Airfield on Bougainville piloted by 1st Lt. Roger Hugh Brindos on a mission to escort B-25s attacking Vunakanau Airfield near Rabaul. Over the target, Japanese aircraft intercepted. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA). Also lost were F4U 02402 (MIA) and F4U 55835 (MIA).
Fates of the Crew
In fact, Brindos was captured by the Japanese on January 22, 1944 and detained as a Prisoner Of War (POW) at Rabaul. During late January 1944, he was in an ajoining cell to Colonel Marion Unruh until he was moved to Japan. Afterwards, Brindos was imprisoned at Tunnel Hill POW Camp.
On March 3-4, 1944 Brindos was one of thirty-one Allied prisoners executed at Tallili Bay during the Tunnel Hill Massacre / Talili Bay Massacre. Other sources state he was executed March 5, 1944.
Recovery of Remains
Postwar, the remains of Brindos were recovered, identified and transported to the Philippines for permanent burial.
Brindos was officially declared dead on January 16, 1946. He earned the Purple Heart and a gold start, posthumously. He is buried at Manila American Cemetery at at plot D row 4 grave 259.
Navy Serial Number Search Results - F4U-1A Corsair 17914
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List January 1944 - F4U-1A Corsair 17914
Duluth Herald "Lt. R. Brindos Is Missing" February 8, 1944
Duluth News Tribune "Death is confirmed" March 27, 1946
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Roger H. Brindos
1Lt Roger Hugh Brindos
The Siege of Rabaul (1996) by Henry Sakaida page 93 (Rabaul's Military Prisoners: Brindos executed March 5, 1944 by 6th Field Kempei Tai at Talili)
Thanks to Alvin Grady for additional information
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January 23, 2019