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  PB4Y-2 Privateer Bureau Number 59747  

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USN c1945

Pilot  Lt. Gilbert E. Miller, O-130161 USNR (MIA / KIA) CA
Crew  AR1c Albert A. Comminiello, 6184315 USNR (MIA / KIA) CO
Crew  AOM3c Raymond E. Davis, 7026117USNR (MIA / KIA) IA
Crew  Ensign Robert A. Littmann, Jr., O-395607 (MIA / KIA) CA
Crew  Lt(jg) Ralph H. Hepworth, O-278412 (MIA / KIA) IA
Crew  S1c James E. Ivie, 5746272 (MIA / KIA) TX
Crew  AMM3c John M Gay, 8380391 (MIA / KIA) AL
Crew  AMM2c Francis A. Spencer, Jr., 8572453 USNR (MIA / KIA) OH
Crew  AMM1c Orvill M. Osborn, 6165291 (MIA / KIA) TX
Crew  AMM3c Joseph F. Cholasta, 7091928 USNR (MIA / KIA) NJ
Crew  AMM3c Madison R. Stacy, 8412864 USNR (MIA / KIA) TX

MIA  July 24, 1945

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Assigned to the U. S. Navy (USN) to squadron VP-13. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
One of two PB4Y-2 Privateers that took off from Yontan Airfield on Okinawa an anti-shipping sweep along the west coast of Korea. At 9:20am a they radioed they were under Japanese attack. At 11:00am, they radioed that they had bombed a Japanese ship. Both bombers failed to return from the mission and were presumed to be lost along the 40th Parallel. The entire crew was declared Missing In Action (MIA).

On July 25, 1945 a search mission was conducted for the two missing bombers without result.

The entire crew was officially declared dead on July 25, 1946 All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

Trudy Jones (daughter of Hugh Crae Wilson)
"I am Trudy Wilson-Jones, my father was flying with Lt. Ramsey. I have wondered many times over the years the fate of my father and the other men. My mother never remarried and held on to hope for many years that someday my dad would return. I was 2 weeks old when my dad's plane disappeared. Now I would like to get in contact with those folks who were close to the situation and learn more about the incident. I do have the letters of notification from the Navy about my father's last flight. Any information you could pass on to me would be of great worth to me. It is very similar to what was presented on the web site. Thank you for your help."

FindAGrave - AOM3 Hoyt Hurst Hamlett (tablets of the missing photo)

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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