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  PBY Catalina Bureau Number ? Tail 11-P-10
USN
VP-11

Pilot  Lt. Carlton H. Clark, 081769 (POW, survived) KY
Crew  Ens Jack W. Clinton, 104079 (POW, survived) CA
Crew  Ens John L. Coulter, 121855 (POW, survived) PA
Crew  RM3C Thomas J. Burdorf, 2241093 (POW, surived) NY
Crew  AMM3C Ralph Henry Ames, 6620066 (POW, died April 24, 1944) CA
Crew  ?
Crew  ?
Crew  ?

Crashed  September 11, 1942


Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated. Assigned to the US Navy to VP-11. On July 26, 1942 this PBY was flown to Fiji then to Tongatabu in Tonga.

Mission History
On September 11, 1942 took off from Tongatabu on a patrol mission. When this Catalina failed to return, it was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Fates of the Crew
The entire crew of eight were captured by a Japanese cruiser and taken back to the Philippines then back to Japan.

During the war, two enlisted men (Henry and ?) died as prisoners. At the end of the war, the prisoners were liberated from Tokyo POW Camp (Shinjuku).

Memorials
Postwar, Ames was buried at Golden Gate National Cemetery at section C, site 33.

References
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List September 1942 - does not record this loss
NARA Prisoner of War Data File Carlton H. Clark
NARA Prisoner of War Data File - Jack W. Clinton
NARA Prisoner of War Data File - John L. Coulter
NARA Prisoner of War Data File - Thomas J. Burdorf
NARA Prisoner of War Data File - Ralph H. Ames
Thanks to Jim Sawruk for additional information

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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