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  PBJ-1D Mitchell Bureau Number 35083  

USMC c1943

Pilot  1st Lt. Alden R. Carlson, O-023839 (MIA / KIA) Holmes City, MN
2nd Lt. Thaddeus H. Banachowski, O-026681 (MIA / KIA) MI
Navigator/Bombardier  SSgt Clyde E. Yates, 487367 (MIA / KIA) OH
Crew  Cpl Reber H. Smith, 520693 (MIA / KIA) TX
Crew  Cpl Raymond T. Marks, 520616 (MIA / KIA) Houston, TX
Crew  Cpl John T. Gunn, 453192 (MIA / KIA)

MIA  April 20, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by North American. Assigned U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-25D-20 Mitchell serial number 41-30730.

Wartime History
Delivered to the U. S. Navy as PBJ-1D Mitchell bureau number 35083. Assigned to squadron VMB-423. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On April 20, 1944 took off piloted by 1st Lt. A. R. Carlson on a night training mission over Espiritu Santo. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA). In fact, this PBJ crashed off the eastern side of Tutuba Island.

The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. Carlson earned the Purple Heart, posthumously. All are memorialized at Punchbowl at the courts of the missing. Carlson, Banachowski and Gunn on court 2. Yates, Smith and Marks on court 4.

Yate also has a memorial marker at Riverview Cemetery in West Millgrove, Ohio at section 3, new north, row 15.
Gunn also has a memorial marker at Massachusetts National Cemetery at memorial D, no. 27.

Dick Conrad (nephew of Clyde Edward Yates)
"My uncle was S/Sgt Clyde Edward Yates, #487367 Navigator Bombardier. Three of Clyde’s sisters are still living-my mother Lucille Yates Conrad (94), Bowling Green, OH; Mary Lou (80) Oak Harbor, OH and Thelma, Omaha, Neb. First Attachment- I think that the letter that I sent to General Amos on July1st, 2012 contains most of the pertinent information. Many of the items in this letter were copied from the Marine Corps records that I got from St. Louis."

USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-25D-20 Mitchell 41-30765
Navy Serial Number Search Results - PBJ-1D Mitchell 35083
"35083 (VMB-423) crashed near Tutuba Island Apr 20, 1944. 6 killed."
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List April 1944 - PBJ-1D 35083
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Alden R. Carlson
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Thaddeus H. Banachowski

American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Clyde Edward Yates
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Reber H. Smith
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Raymond T. Marks

American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John Thomas Gunn

FindAGrave - 1Lt Alden Richard Carlson (photo, courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 1Lt Thaddeus Henry Banachowski (photo, courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Clyde Edward Yates (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SSGT Clyde Edward Yates (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - Corp Reber Humbert Smith (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Corp Raymond Timothy Marks (photo, courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - CPL John Thomas Gunn (memorial marker photo)
Thanks to Ned Wernick and Dick Conrad for additional information.

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


Tech Info

6 Missing

April 20, 1944

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