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USN
VP-13

Pilot  Lt. Thomas C. O'Connor (KIA, BR)
Crew  LCD Russell G. Delany (KIA, BR) Chicago, IL
Crew  MIDN Walter R. Delaney (KIA, BR)
Crew  AD1C Charles D. Rudolph (KIA, BR)
Crew  ADC Trafton R. Lee (KIA, BR)
Crew  AD2C John A. Beland (KIA, BR)
Crew  AL2C Carl H. Christensen (KIA, BR)
Crew  AL3C Charles G. Degarimore (KIA, BR) OK
Crew  AOC Clarence Pinkerton (KIA, BR)
Crew  AE3C Paul D. McDonald (KIA, BR)
Crew  Lt(jg) William L. Wise (KIA, BR) SC
Crew  CHAERO Frederick A. Earle Chaero (KIA, BR)

Crashed  August 12, 1948


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

Mission History
On August 12, 1948 took off from Agana Airfield (NAS Agana) on Guam. Due to bad weather, flew into a cliff at the southern end of Rota Island killing the entire crew on impact.

Wreckage
Afterwards, the crash site was located and the remains of the crew recovered. Part of the wreckage is possibly in the sea off Rota Island.

Mark Michael / Dive Rota adds:
"We found a ring with the initials T.C.O. at the crash site, which we believe may have belonged to the pilot of the aircraft LT. Thomas C. O'Connor. I would like to try and find his wife or children if he had any and if they are still alive and return the ring to them if they would want it."

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. After the recovery of remains, six of the crew: Degarimore, DeLaney, DeLaney, Lee, O'Connor and Pinkerton were buried in a group burial at Golden Gate National Cemetery section F, grave 41.

Wise is buried at Agana Cemetery at row B. The graves of Christensen, Rudolph and Beland are unknown, presumed to be in a private cemetery in the United States.

References
Find A Grave - Thomas Charles O'Connor (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Russell Grenier DeLany (grave photo, photo)
FindAGrave - Walter Ross Delaney (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Trafton Raymond Lee (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Charles Gregory Degarimore (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Clarence Pinkerton (grave photo)
FindAGrave - William Lorraine Wise (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Frederick Alvin Earle (grave photo)
Thanks to Mark Michael and Ted Darcy for additional information

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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