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  PBY-5 Catalina Bureau Number 2309 Number 16
USN
Patrol Wing 10
VP 101

Former Assignments
22-P-6

Crew ¬†AMM3C Cliff Alton Sharp, 3561822 (MIA / KIA) TX
Crashed  February 5, 1942


Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Assigned to the US Navy (USN). Assigned to Patrol Wing 10 (Pat Wing 10) to squadron 101 (VP-101). Formally assigned squadron number "22-P-6", later assigned squadron Number 16. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On February 5, 1942 took off on a mission. This Catalina was shot down by Japanese fighter over Ambon Island. Crew member Sharp bailed out, but nothing was ever heard from him again. The others crew members were killed in the crash.

Rescue
Two of the crew survived and managed to escape to Australia.

Memorials
Sharp was officially declared dead on December 4, 1945. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

References
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Cliff A. Sharp
FindAGrave - AMM3 Cliff A Sharp (tablets of the missing photo)
Thanks to Lou Dorny / The Baltic Group Archive for this information.

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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