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  SBD-5 Dauntless Bureau Number 36540  
USN
USS Lexington CV-16
VB-16

Pilot  Lt(jg) Arthur H. Sparrow, O-125161, USNR (MIA / KIA) OH
Gunner  AR2C Edward A. Porter, 2728314 (MIA / KIA) AL

MIA  March 18, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas at El Segundo, California. Constructors Number 5168. Assigned to the United States Navy (USN) to USS Lexington (CV-16) to squadron VB-16. No known nickname or nose art.

Wartime History
One of twenty-two SBD's that took off on a bombing mission against Mili Atoll. This aircraft had instructions to rendezvous about 30 minutes later for their bombing runs. About 10 minutes prior to the rendezvous, other aircraft crews reported seeing this aircraft go into a spiral dive from which they thought they saw it recover. Lookouts aboard the battleship USS New Jersey BB-62 saw a Dauntless crash into the ocean, likely this aircraft.

Search
This aircraft failed to return and was declared Missing In Action (MIA). During the afternoon strikes, aircraft from the second wave were instructed to look for this aircraft or any wreckage, but reported none visible or any sign of the crew. On March 19, 1944 after strikes, another search. An oil slick was found about 1.5 miles off the southeastern end of Mili Atoll, but no wreckage or personnel were visible.

Memorials
The crew was officially declared dead on February 4, 1946. Both are memorialized at the courts of the missing at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl).

Relatives
Donnie F. Porter

References
Thanks to Donnie F. Porter for additional information

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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