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  PV-1 Ventura Bureau Number 33343 Number 28
USN
VB-139

Pilot  Lt. J. H. Moore (rescued)
Co-Pilot  Ensign Mitchel Lambert, O-251347 USNR (MI A / KIA) VT
Crew  Ensign Robert E. Janson, O-291060 USNR, VP-43 (MI A / KIA) OH
Crew  AOM2c Victor O. Mog, 3054219 USNR (MI A / KIA) WI
Crew  Gordon F. Heckendorn (KIA)
Crew  ? (rescued)
Crew  ? (rescued)

Ditched  March 25, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed at Burbank, CA. Assigned to the United States Navy (USN) to squadron VB-139. Squadron number 28 was painted on the side of the nose and tail. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
One of five Ventura bombers that took off from Attu Airfield on Attu Island on an "Empire Express" bombing and reconnaissance mission over Shumshu Island. Soon after take off, this bomber crash landed into Masscare Bay. Four went missing in the crash, three were rescued.

Memorials
The missing crew members were officially declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized at the courts of the missing at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl).

References
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List March 1944 PV-1 Ventura 33343
The Last Flight of Bomber 31 page 296
FindAGrave - Robert E Janson (courts of the missing photo)
ABMC does not list Gordon F. Heckendorn, check spelling?

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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