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  PBJ-1D Mitchell Bureau Number 35086  
USMC
VMB-443

Pilot  1st Lt Benjamin G. Kinnick, O-022465 (MIA / KIA) Adel, IA
Co-Pilot
1st Lt Dominic F. Bellanca, O-023744 (MIA / KIA) Buffalo, NY
Crew  MSgt Edward P. McCray, 240712 (MIA / KIA) DC
Crew  SSgt Edmund S. Santomasso, 460335 (MIA / KIA) MA
Crew  SSgt Arthur P. Going, 442437 (MIA / KIA) MA
Crew  Cpl Jay B. Fitzpatrick, 512557(MIA / KIA) TX

MIA  September 16, 1944


Aircraft History
Built by North American as B-25D Mitchell. Assigned to the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC). as PBJ-1D Mitchell bureau number 35086.

Wartime History
Assigned to squadron VMB-443 "Fork-Tailed Devils". No known nickname or nose art. This aircraft was ferried from the United States via Hawaii on a flight across the Pacific to the South Pacific.

Mission History
On September 16, 1944 took off from Emirau Airfield. This PBJ was shot down by anti-aircraft fire over Kavieng. When it failed to return this aircraft was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead on January 26, 1946. Memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. Fitzpatrick is memorialized on the courts of the missing at Honolulu Cemetery (Punchbowl). Going also has a memorial marker at Melrose Cemetery in East Windsor, CT.

References
VMB-443 website lists date of loss as September 17, 1944
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Benjamin G. Kinnick
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Dominic F. Bellanca
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Edward P. McCray
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Edmund S. Santomasso
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Arthur Palmer Going
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Jay B. Fitzpatrick
FindAGrave - 1Lt Benjamin G Kinnick (news, tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 1Lt Dominic Francis Bellanca (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - MTSgt Edward P McCray (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Edward Payson McCray (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - SSgt Edmund S Santomasso (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Arthur Palmer Going (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Arthur Palmer Going (memorial marker)
FindAGrave - Corp Jay B Fitzpatrick (courts of the missing photo)

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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