Pacific Wrecks
Pacific Wrecks    
  Missing In Action (MIA) Prisoners Of War (POW) Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)  
Chronology Locations Aircraft Ships Submit Info How You Can Help Donate
 
  SBD-5 Dauntless Bureau Number 28161  
USMC
MAG-24
VMSB-244

Pilot ¬†Captain John Allan Anderson, O-010199 (MIA / KIA) MN
Gunner  SSgt Carmine D. Faella, 385653 (MIA / KIA) NJ

MIA  May 17, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas at El Segundo. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South Pacific and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the United States Marine Corps (USMC) to Marine Air Group 24 (MAG-24) to squadron VMSB-244. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On May 17, 1944 took off from Nissan Airfield (Green Island Airfield) on a bombing mission over Rabaul. When this aircraft failed to return the crew were declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Memorials
The crew were officially declared dead on May 18, 1945. Both are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

References
USN / USMC Overseas Aircraft Loss List - May 1944 SBD 28161
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John Allan Anderson
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Carmine D. Faella
FIndAGrave - Capt John Allan Anderson (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - SSgt Carmine D Faella (photo, telegraph, tablets of the missing photo)
Ebay "Lot of WWII letters & telegram KIA gunner with USMC VMSB 244 from New Jersey" 361287158990 sold on May 10, 2015 for $155.49

Contribute Information
Are you a relative or associated with any person mentioned?
Do you have photos or additional information to add?

Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

Tech InfoSBD

Tech Info
MIA
2 Missing

  Discussion Forum Daily Updates Reviews Museums Interviews & Oral Histories  
 
Pacific Wrecks Inc. All rights reserved.
Donate Now Facebook Twitter YouTube Google Plus Instagram