|Pilot 1st Lt. Robert Edmond Bishop, O-21059 (MIA / KIA) MI
Gunner Pfc Richard L. Parrow, 487825 (MIA / KIA) MA
MIA January 17, 1944
Built by Douglas. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN). Constructors Number 3663. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as SBD-5 Dauntless bureau number 28316. Disassembled and shipped to the South Pacific and reassembled.
Assigned to the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC), Marine Air Wing 2 (MAW-2), Marine Air Group 21 (MAG-21), Marine Scout-Bomber Squadron 341 "Torrid Turtles" VMSB-341. Plane number 150. No known nickname or nose art.
On January 17, 1944 took off from Torokina Airfield on Bougainville piloted by 1st Lt. Robert Edmond Bishop as one of twenty-nine SBDs on a dive bombing mission against Japanese shipping off Rabaul. Inbound to the target, fourteen SBDs aborted due to engine trouble. Over the target, this aircraft was last seen going into the water roughly two miles east of Cape Gazelle. When this aircraft failed to return, it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
Both crew were officially declared dead on January 15, 1946. Both earned the Purple Heart, posthumously. Both are memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.
Navy Serial Number Search Results - SBD-5 Dauntless 28316
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List January 1944 - SBD-5 28316
NARA "Marine Scout Bombing Squadron 341 War Diary January 1944" pages 5-6
(Page 5) "17 January 1944: Twenty-nine (29) pilots and their gunners left Torokina for a shipping strike. Fifteen (15) planes attacked and fourteen (14) turned back because of engine trouble. Lt. Bishop and his gunner PFC Richard L. Parrow, USMCR, Ser..."
(Page 6) "...No. 487825, did not return. They were last seen going into the water two miles east of Cape Gazelle, New Britain. Lt. Bishop's plane was No. 150, BuNo. 28316."
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Robert Edmond Bishop
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Richard L. Parrow
1Lt Robert Edmond Bishop
PFC Richard L Parrow
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January 26, 2019