|Passenger Pilot Officer James Park
Passenger Major General William P. Upshur (KIA, BR) Richmond, VA
Passenger Captain Charles W. Paddock USMC (KIA, BR) Gainesville, TX
Passenger AMM3c Donald Glen Whetstone USN (KIA, BR)
Crashed July 21, 1943
Built by Consolidated. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN).
On July 21, 1943 took off on a mission. This Catalina crashed at Sukoi Inlet near Sitka. Everyone aboard was killed in the crash including USMC Major General William P. Upshur and Charles Paddock.
Henry Sakaida adds:
"I went back to the microfilm and checked for August 18th and nothing. Since this was an aircraft accident, it doesn't show up on my USN/USMC microfilm. These are all combat zone losses... it doesn't list losses in training accidents, although it does list operational losses in combat zones."
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. After the crash, the remains of the crew were recovered and transported to the United States for permanent burial.
Paddock is buried at Sitka National Cemetery at Sitka, AK at section Q, site 7.
Whetstone is buried at East Lawn Cemetery in Minerva, OH at section A, row 11.
Upshur is buried at United States Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, MD at lot 250-A.
William G. Schwartz (cousin of Whetstone)
FindAGrave - Gen William Peterkin Upshur (photo, grave photo)
"Haitian Campaign 1915 Medal of Honor Recipient. He was a Captain in the US Marine Corps at the time of action and achieved the rank of Major General. He was the Commanding Officer of the 15th Company, 2nd Marine Regiment. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for action at Fort Dipitie, Haiti on October 24, 1915. His citation reads "In company with members of the 15th Company of Marines, all mounted, Capt. Upshur left Fort Liberte, Haiti, for a six day reconnaissance. After dark on the evening of 24 October 1915, while crossing the river in a deep ravine, the detachment was suddenly fired upon from three sides by about 400 Cacos concealed in bushes about 100 yards from the fort. The marine detachment fought its way forward to a good position, which it maintained during the night, although subjected to a continuous fire from the Cacos. At daybreak Capt. Upshur, in command of one of the three squads which advanced in three different directions, led his men forward, surprising and scattering the Cacos, and aiding in the capture of Fort Dipitie."
FindAGrave - Capt Charles William "Charley" Paddock (photo, grave photo)
"Born in Gainesville, Texas, he was a champion sprinter and was the first one dubbed "The fastest man alive". At the 1920 Olympic Summer Games Antwerp, he won the Gold Medal in the 100M dash, Gold Medal in the 4x100 relay and a Silver Medal in the 200M dash. He set the World's record in the 100M and 200M dash in 1921 and at the 1924 Olympic Summer Games Paris, he won the Gold Medal in the 200M. When World War II broke out in 1941, he joined the U S Marine Corps and became a Captain for the Pacific Department. He was killed in an air crash near Sitka, Alaska."
FindAGrave - Donald Glen Whetstone (grave photo)
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February 4, 2018