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  SBD-5 Dauntless Bureau Number 29092  
USMC
VMSB-151

Pilot  1st Lt. Fleming P. Griffith, O-023017 (MIA / KIA) Ravenna, KY
Crashed  January 12, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Constructors Number 3439. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as SBD-5 Dauntless bureau number 29092. Disassembled and shipped to the South Pacific and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) to squadron VMSB-151. No known nickname, nose art or number.

Mission History
On January 12, 1944 took off piloted by 1st Lt. Fleming P. Griffith on a mission. Lost over Wallis Island. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Memorials
Griffith was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) at court 2. Griffith also has a memorial marker at Berea Cemetery in Berea, KY.

References
Navy Serial Number Search Results - SBD-5 Dauntless 29092
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List January 1944 - SBD Dauntless 29092
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Fleming P. Griffith
FindAGrave - 1Lt Fleming P Griffith (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 1LT Fleming Park Griffith (photo, memorial marker)
Fold3 - Fleming P. Griffith (photo)
WWII Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Casualty List - Fleming P. Griffith
United States Marine Corps Casualties - Part 1 By Name 1941-45 Gabaccia to Gyory - Griffith, Fleming P.
"GRIFFITH, Fleming P, First Lieutenant, O-023017, USMC, from Michigan, Honolulu Memorial (bm) + GRIFFITH, Fleming Park, 23017, VMSB151, MAG13, 4thMBDAW, FMF, Wallis Island, January 12, 1944, accidental death (mc) + GRIFFITH, Fleming P., 1st Lieutenant, USMCR. Father, Mr. Fleming B. Griffith, 100 Seward, Detroit, Mich (na)  + GRIFFITH, Fleming P, 1STLT, O-023017, USMC, from Michigan, location Pacific Ocean, date of loss January 12, 1944 (pm)"

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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