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  SBD-5 Dauntless Bureau Number 28161  

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).

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

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

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018


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