|Pilot Lt.Cmdr. John F. Curran, O-086193 (KIA, BR) NE
Crew Lt.Cmdr. Edgille V. Hall, O-123383 (KIA, BR) KY
Crew AMM1c James F. Cox (KIA, BR) TX
Crew AMM1c R. C. Rifing (KIA)
Crew AMM2c L. R. David (KIA)
Crew AMM2c P. Pigapoulos (KIA)
Crew AOM2c H. L. Woudard (KIA)
Crew Arm3c D. E. McLellian (KIA)
Crew Robert Henry Meyer (KIA, BR) KY
Crew AOM1c T. E. Deaust (KIA)
Crashed July 30, 1946
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Assigned to the U. S. Navy (USN) to squadron VPB-119. No known nickname or nose art.
Took off on a search mission for a missing PBM Mariner and C-47 Dakota. Crashed on central Mindoro, killing all the crew. The aircraft hit a steep slope on the west side of the island at 4,300'.
On August 6, 1946 the crash site was located by a PBM Mariner and the remains of the crew recovered.
After the recovery of remains, the crew's remains were transported to the Philippines and United States for permanent burial. Two of the crew were buried at Manila American Cemetery. Curran: Plot L Row 8 Grave 46. Hall: Plot L Row 12 Grave 98.
Cox is buried at Glenwood Cemetery in Houston, TX.
Meyer is buried at Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Nicholasville, KY
The other crew members are presumed to be buried in private cemeteries in the United States.
John Ladd adds:
"My father, Lt. Cdr. John F Curran, was attached to VBP-119 on Oct 23, 1945 and served as a PB4Y pilot until his death in the crash of his PB4Y on July 30 on Central Mindoro Island. I have pictures of his crash site, supplied to me by the army photographer who identified the crash site several weeks later (the hull number was visible). My dad and his crew were searching for a downed C-47 and hit a mountain."
Thanks to John Ladd for additional information
FindAGrave - James Fenwick Cox (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Robert Henry Meyer
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February 4, 2018