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  SBD-5 Dauntless Bureau Number 35976  
USMC
VMSB-236

Pilot  1st Lt. Earle Bunch Whiteley, O-011931 (MIA) AR
Gunner  ? (MIA)

MIA  December 1, 1943


Mission History
Took off from Munda Airfield on a strike against Chabai. Finding it covered in clouds, the formation of 48 Navy SBD dive bombers and 24 TBFs preform strikes on Ballale supply areas. This aircraft was shot down by anti-aircraft fire over the target. When this aircraft failed to return both crew members were officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Memorials
Whiteley was officially declared dead on January 11, 1946. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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