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  SBD-4 Dauntless Bureau Number 06962  
USMC
VMSB-132

Pilot  MGUN Kenneth L. Gordon, 15669 (KIA, BR) IN
Gunner  Sgt Falton (rescued)

Crashed  June 2, 1943


Aircraft History
Built by Douglas at the El Segundo Plant, California. Constructors Number 1867. Assigned to the United States Marine Corps (USMC). Assigned to VMSB-132. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
One of twenty SBDs that took off from Bomber 1 Airfield (Palikulo Field, Fighter 1) on Espiritu Santo on a search mission for SBD 10338 piloted by Dieffenbach that ditched.

This aircraft was leading SBD 10697 piloted by Hicks on a sector search for the missing aircraft. Neither heard the message to return to base when the aircraft was found. Both searched until their fuel became low, then returned to Espiritu Santo.

Blown off course by a tropical storm, the pair attempted to determine their location and radioing their position to base. They were approximately 35 miles northwest of Fighter 1 on a heading of 135 degrees, near Piapouria. This aircraft began to circle to the right to loose altitude while SBD 10697 piloted by Hicks made a circle to the left.

Over land, this SBD crashed into a hill. Pilot Gordon was killed in the crash and gunner Falton survived and managed to crawl down the hill and was eventually rescued.

Memorials
Gordon was officially declared dead on June 3, 1944. His remains were recovered buried at the Honolulu Cemetery (Punchbowl) at Plot R Row 0 Grave 369.

References
USN / USMC Loss list notes Gordon as MIA and his rank as MGUN
ABMC lists Gordon's rank as Warrant Officer

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Last Updated
April 25, 2018

 

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