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  SB2C-4 Helldiver Bureau Number 21078  
USN
VB-7

Pilot  Ensign Winston Woodrow Wilson (KIA)
Gunner  ARM3c Paul M. Cutler (KIA) Salt Lake City, UT
Crashed  August 31, 1945


Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss. Assigned to the U. S. Navy (USN) as SB2C-4 Helldiver bureau number 21078.

Wartime History
Assigned to Bombing Squadron 7 (VB-7). No known nickname or markings.

Mission History
On August 31, 1945 took off piloted by Winston Woodrow Wilson on a routine flight. This Helldiver crashed near Tillamook in Oregon. Both crew were killed in the crash. When this aircraft failed to return it was declared missing.

Memorials
Both crew members were officially declared dead the day of the mission.

Cutler has a memorial marker at Memory Grove Memorial in Salt Lake City, UT.

References
Navy Serial Number Search Results - SB2C-4 Helldiver 21078
"21078 VB-7 Ens. Winston W. Wilson 31.08.45 Or, Tillamook Missing on routine flt off Tillamook;2/missing"
Salt Lake Tribune "Obituary Paul M. Cutler" September 19, 1945
"Paul McEwan Cutler, 21, A R M 3/c, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Cutler, 5106 Holladay Blvd., has been missing since Aug. 31, after a routine training flight. An aerial gunner, he was stationed at Astoria, Ore. Born Feb. 2, 1924, in Salt Lake City, he received his education here and was graduated from South High School, where he was an ROTC officer. He attended the University of Utah prior to enlisting in the Navy in December, 1943. Awaiting further word besides his parents are a twin brother, Ens. Grant M. Cutler, Corpus Christi, Tex.; three sisters, Mrs. Betty C. Jones, Provo; Mrs. Margie C. Jacob, and Mrs. Catherine Musser, Salt Lake City."
FindAGrave - ARM3C Paul M Cutler (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - Paul McEwan Cutler (obituary)
Thanks to Craig Fuller / Aviation Archaeology for additional information

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Last Updated
August 25, 2019

 

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