Lt. Earle Bunch Whiteley, O-011931 (MIA) AR
Gunner ? (MIA)
MIA December 1, 1943
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).
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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January 5, 2018