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  SBD-4 Dauntless Bureau Number 06796  
USMC
MAG-11

Pilot ¬†1st Lt. Walter Albert Eck, O-011172 (MIA / KIA) WI
Gunner  Pfc Irvin Peter Korotki, 388705 (MIA / KIA) WI

MIA  January 21, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Constructors Number 1641. Assigned to the United States Marine Corps (USMC) to Marine Air Group 11 (MAG-11). No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On January 21, 1943 took off from Espiritu Santo on a training mission. This aircraft failed to return and was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Memorials
Eck was officially declared dead on January 21, 1943. Both crew are memorialized at the courts of the missing at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl). Eck at court 2 and Korotki at court 4.

References
USN/USMC Overseas Aircraft Loss List - January 1943 SBD-4 06796 pilot incorrectly listed as "Eckmabres"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Walter Albert Eck
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Irvin Peter Korotki
FindAGrave - Lieut Walter Albert Eck (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Irvin Peter Korotki (courts of the missing photo)

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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