|Pilot Lt. Marion M. Pierce, O-019169 (MIA / KIA) TX
MIA March 21, 1944
Built by Lockheed at Burbank, CA. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as PV-1 Ventura bureau number 33079. Assigned to the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) to squadron VMF(N)-531. No known nickname or nose art.
On March 21, 1944 took off from Stirling Airfield on a mission against Rabaul. Four were killed in the crash.
The crew were officially declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. Pierce also has a memorial marker at Oakland Cemetery in Navasota, TX.
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List March 1944 PV-1 Ventura 33079
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Marion M. Pierce
FindAGrave - 1Lt Marion M Pierce (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Lieut Marion McGinty Pierce (memorial marker photo)
Marine Night Fighters Association by Herbert Banks page 16-24
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January 5, 2018