|Pilot Lt. Billy Ray Ramsey, O-014608 (MIA / KIA) TX
Gunner Sgt Charlie J. Sciara, 503505 (POW, died January 14, 1944, missing) NY
Crashed January 14, 1944
Built by Douglas. Delivered to the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC). Assigned to squadron VMSB-236. No known nickname or nose art.
On January 14, 1944 took off on a dive bombing mission against
enemy shipping around Rabaul. Over the target, this aircraft was hit by either anti-aircraft
fire or an enemy fighter, causing the tail to break off. Last seen in
a flat spin over St. Georges Channel northeast of Rabaul. When this aircraft failed to return, it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
Ramey was officially declared dead on January 15, 1945. Sciara was officially declared dead on February 22, 1944. Both are memorialized on the tablets of the missing Manila American Cemetery. Sciara also has a memorial marker at Arlington National Cemetery at section H.
John Sciara (brother of Charles Sciara)
152 Carlyle Drive, Palm Harbor, FL 34683
"My family was told, both were classified as MIA,
both died the day of the crash. After the war my parents received a
letter from the Marine Corps stating Sgt Charles Sciara did not die on
Jan14, 1944. He somehow survived the crash and was taken prisoner by
the Japanese and died in an unknown prison camp. They say he might have
died February 22, 1944 from Malaria and beri-beri. He probably
was murdered by the Japanese. My family was very upset after the war and was not
sure what to believe. My brother was under age and my Mom had to sign
him in. He was 20 when he died. Mom said at least he died the way he
wanted. I was only 10 months old and never seen him alive. They and many others gave up their tomorrows for
our todays. I believe their plane lies somewhere in Rabaul's harbor.
She had a
poem she liked:
I'll never be "First Lady" Nor grace a magazine,
I never will be famous. Nor will I be a queen.
But I would never change my lot with any that I"ve seen
For you see- I am the mother of a United States Marine!"
NARA World War II Prisoners of War Data File Charles J Sciara
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Billy Ray Ramsey
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Charles John Sciara
FindAGrave - Capt Billy Ray Ramsey (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Charles John Sciara (memorial marker photo) date of death January 14, 1944
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January 5, 2018