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  SBD-3 Dauntless Bureau Number 03293  
USMC
VMSB-231

Pilot  Captain Rubin Iden, O-006388 (KIA, BR) MI
Gunner  Pvt. F. W. Thiessen (rescued)

Ditched  September 20, 1942

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas at El Segundo, California. Constructors Number 1113. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as SBD-3 Dauntless bureau number 03293.

Wartime History
Assigned to the United States Marine Corps (USMC) to squadron VMSB-231 "Ace of Spades". This aircraft had no known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On September 20, 1942 took off piloted by Captain Rubin Iden on a mission. This SBD ditched into Lake Tegano on eastern Rennell Island. Also ditched was SBD-3 Dauntless 03294.

Fates of the Crew
During the ditching, pilot Iden drowned. Gunner Thiessen survived.

Rescue
On September 24, 1942 PBY Catalina from VP-91 rescued gunner Thiessen plus both crew of SBD Dauntless 03294.

Recovery of Remains
After the crash, Iden's body was recovered. Postwar, his remains were transported to the Hawaii for permanent burial.

Memorials
On March 14, 1949 he was buried at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) at plot F row 0 grave 298.

References
Thanks to Jim Sawruk for additional information.

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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