|Pilot 1st Lt. Harry H. Dunham, O-413448 (KIA, BR) OH
Passenger Captain Dudley Victor Peck, VX88146 (WIA, rescued) Melbourne, VIC
Crashed October 23, 1943
Built by Stinson. Assigned to the U.S. Army. Shipped overseas to New Guinea.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 374th Troop Carrier Group, 22nd Troop Carrier Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
On October 23, 1943 took off on a mission and crashed at the head waters of the Eia River.
Recovery of Remains
Afterwards, an Australian Army patrol walked to the crash site, arriving a week later. They recovered the remains of Dunham and rescued Peck. Afterwards, it took them a week to return to base.
Dunham was officially declared dead the day of the mission. After the recovery of remains, he was permanently buried at Manila American Cemetery at Plot D Row 11 Grave 178. Also, Dunham has a memorial marker in a private cemetery in his hometown in Ohio.
Prewar, Dunham was a world traveler and cinematographer. In 1934 he filmed native people in Samoa. Next, in 1936 he traveled to China to film the Chinese 8th Army being routed by Japanese. Dunham was a cinematographer for Orson Welles Too Much Johnson (1938) and was a friend of author Paul Bowles. During World War II, Dunham earned the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and the Purple Heart, posthumously.
ABMC (ABMC) - Harry H. Dunham
IMDB - Harry Dunham, director, cinematographer
FindAGrave - 1Lt Harry Hickenlooper Dunham (memorial marker)
WW2 Nominal Roll - Dudley Victor Peck
Thanks to Edward Rogers for research and analysis
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January 5, 2018