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USN c1946

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

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Assigned to the U. S. Navy (USN) to squadron VPB-119. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
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."

VP-119 Mishaps
Thanks to John Ladd for additional information
FindAGrave - James Fenwick Cox (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Robert Henry Meyer

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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