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  PV-1 Ventura Bureau Number 33361  
USMC c1944

Pilot  Lt. John W. Baker, O-099880 USNR (MIA / KIA) CA
Co-Pilot  Thomas E. Long Jr., O-251204 USNR (MIA / KIA) TX
Crew  ACMM Michael F. Mahoney, 2563352 (MIA / KIA) NJ
Crew  AMM3c G. Tate, 6585521 (MIA / KIA) VA
Crew  AO2c Delbert V. Freeman, 6652784 (MIA / KIA) WA
Radio  AR3c Charles A. Sartalamachia, 6450117 (MIA / KIA) LA

MIA  February 14, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed in Burbank, CA. Model 237-27-01. Constructors Number 5181. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as PV-1 Ventura bureau number 33361.

Wartime History
Assigned to the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) to squadron VB-144. No known nickname or nose art. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On February 14, 1944 took off from Tarawa Airfield (Hawkins Field) on Tarawa (Betio) on a bombing mission bound for Jaluit Atoll. This bomber crashed after take off, killing the entire crew. All of the crew were officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).

After the loss, a memorial marker cross with a plaque with a fence around it was erected on Tarawa (Betio) to memorialize the crew. The plaque read "In Memoriam lost on a mission to Jaluit Feb. 14th 1944" with the names of the six crew members written below.

The entire crew was officially declared dead on February 15, 1945. All six are memorialized at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) on the courts of the missing. Long, Mahoney and Sartalamachia on court 1. Tate on court 2. Freeman on court 3. Baker on court 5.

Baker also has a memorial marker at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale) in Glendale, CA at section H, grave 47 next to the curb.

Sartalamachia is also memorialized at Greenwood Cemetery in New Orleans, LA at plot 30, sorrel venus osier.

Navy Serial Number Search Results - PV-1 Ventura 33361

"33361 (VB-144) w/o 14-Feb-44 Tarawa Atoll. Crashed after take-off. 5 killed."
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John W. Baker
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Thomas E. Long Jr.

American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Michael F. Mahoney
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Lester G. Tate
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Delbert V. Freeman
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Charles A. Sartalamachia
FindAGrave - Lt John W Baker (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Lieut John William Baker (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - Ens Thomas E Long, Jr (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - ACMM2 Michael F Mahoney (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - AMM3 Lester G Tate (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - AOM2 Delbert V Freeman (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - ARm3 Charles A Sartalamachia (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave -
Charles Anthony Sartalamachia (memorial marker photo)
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List February 1944 - PV-1 33361
Thanks to Katherine Rasdorf for research and analysis

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Last Updated
May 17, 2018


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