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  PBY-5A Catalina Bureau Number 48259  
USN
FAW-1
VP-12

Pilot ┬áLt(jg) Cark Burkhardt, 202024 (KIA, BR) CO
Crashed  March 8, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as PBY-5A Catalina bureau number 48259. Assigned to Fleet Air Wing 1 (FAW-1) to squadron VP-12. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On March 8, 1944 took off from Ondonga Airfield on New Georiga on a night anti-submarine patrol mission east of Bougainville. Returning in bad weather, this Catalina impacted a mountain on Choiseul Island.

Recovery of Remains
After the crash, friendly natives buried the bodies of the crew. Later, the remains were recovered and transported to the United States for permanent burial.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. After the recovery of remains, Burkhardt was buried during 1949 at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Wheat Ridge, CO at plot 21-11-0-680.

References
FindAGrave - LTJG Carl Burkhardt (grave photo)
VP-12 War Diary March 1944 - page 1-2
"8 March 1944 - one plane crashed into a mountain on the west coast of enemy held Choiseul Island while returning in bad weather at night from an anti-submarine search east of Bougainville. All nine officers and men in the crew were killed. The bodies were found by friendly natives and were buried on the island."
Thanks to Jim Sawruk for additional information

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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