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  PBJ-1J Mitchell Bureau Number 35243  
USMC
1st MAW
MAG-32
VMB-611

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USMC 1944

Pilot  1st. Lt. Doit Leon Fish, O-25689 (MIA / KIA) Casey, IL
Co-Pilot  1/Lt Donald C. Sculati (MIA / KIA)
Passenger  Capt Sigurd J. Simonson (MIA / KIA)
Nav / Bomb  S/Sgt Richard C. Vorel (MIA / KIA)
Radio / Waist  Sgt Robert L. Harrison (MIA / KIA)
Tail Gunner  Cpl Walter G. Charboneau (MIA / KIA)
Radio / Waist  Cpl Chester D. Luberda (MIA / KIA)
Turret Gunner  Cpl John D. Rood (MIA / KIA)

MIA  May 30, 1945


Aircraft History
Built by North American as a B-25D Mitchell. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-25J-1-NC Mitchell serial number 43-27551. Assigned U. S. Navy (USN) as PBJ-1J Mitchell 35243.

Wartime History
Delivered to the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC). Assigned to squadron VMB-611 "Black Seahorse".

Mission History
Went MIA on a combat strike against enemy installations at the Kibawe Trail area near Davao. This PBJ failed to return and was declared missing in action.

Wreckage
During 1956, the wreckage of this PBJ was discovered near Carmen village, Davao Province.

Recovery of Remains
On or about November 16, 1956, the remains of the crew were recovered by a search team headed by an officer of the Philippine Command. These remains were coded X-6029 PI.

Memorials
The entire crew was offficially declared dead the day of the mission. After review by the Secretary of the Navy, a finding of presumptive death was made and determined to be May 31, 1946. The entire crew were memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

After their remains were recovered an investigation by a board of officers concluded these remains were that of the crew on May 23, 1957. Since individual identification was impossible, the crew were laid to rest in a group burial on July 15, 1957 at Fort Logan National Cemetery at section N site 38.

Relatives
David L Fish (son of pilot):
"On or about 16 November 1956, the remains of Unknown X-6029 PI were recovered by a search team headed by an officer of the Philippine Command. The site of the recovery was near the village of Carmen in Davao Province, Mindanao, P.I., the area in which the aircraft concerned was last seen. After investigation, on 23 May 1957 a Board of Officers established that the recoverable remains were those of the above listed personnel. Since individual identification was impossible, it was necessary that a group burial be made. Group burial X-6029 PI consisting of one casket with the eight Marine remains was held at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, CO on 15 July 1957."

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-25J-1-NC Mitchell 43-27551
"to USN as PBJ-1J"
Navy Serial Number Search Results - PBJ-1J Mitchell 35243
"35243 (VMB-611) MIA May 30, 1945, Mindanao, Philippines. 8 MIA. Aircraft was located in Nov 1956 and crew remains recovered."
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Doit L. Fish
"the aircraft wreck was located after the war and his remains were recovered"
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Captain Doit L. Fish - Marine Bomber Squadron VMB 611

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February 4, 2018

 

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