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  PB4Y-1 Liberator Bureau Number 32005  

Pilot  LCDR Alfred Wilstam, USN (KIA, BR)
Co-Pilot  Lt(jg) Gerald T. Kearns, USNR (KIA, BR)
Crew  AMM1c Cecil Earl Matthews, USN (KIA, BR)
Crew  ARM1c Richard Francis Coan, USN (KIA, BR)
Crew  PHOM1c Karl Woodward Ruess, USNR (KIA, BR)
Crew  AOM2c Joseph Anthony Kezich, USNR (KIA, BR)
Crew  AMM3c Paul Robert Cochran, USN (KIA, BR)
Crew  ARM3c Dave Bergmann, USN (KIA, BR)

Crashed  July 7, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated in San Diego. Assigned to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24D-45-CO Liberator 42-40260.

Wartime History
Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as PB4Y-1 Liberator bureau number 32005. Assigned to squadron VD-3. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On July 7, 1943 took off from Hawaii on an aerial gunnery training mission. During the flight, this PB4Y-1 dove into the sea and exploded, killing the entire crew.

The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All are buried in a buried at Golden Gate National Cemetery at section F site 33. Matthews has a memorial marker at Youngwood Cemetery in Youngwood, PA.

FindAGrave - Alfred Wilstam (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Gerald T. Kearns (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Cecil Matthews (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Cecil Matthews (memorial photo)
FindAGrave - Richard F. Coan (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Karl Woodward Ruess (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Joseph Anthony Kezich (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Paul R Cochran (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Dave Bergmann (grave photo)

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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