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  TBF-1C Avenger Bureau Number 24363  
USMC
VMTB-232


Pilot  1st Lt. Harold H. Millar, Jr., O-021302 (MIA / KIA) Flushing, NY
Gunner  Cpl Leonard B. Pike, 346936 (MIA / KIA) UT
Radio  Pfc Victor H. Hertager, 491261 (MIA / KIA) CA

MIA  January 17, 1944


Pilot History
Millar attended the U. S. Naval Academy, class of 1944. He earned the Navy Cross and Purple Heart, postumously.

Aircraft History
Built by Grumman. Delivered to the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) to squadron VMTB-232. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On January 17, 1944 took off from Munda Airfield on a bombing mission against enemy shipping in Simpson Harbor off Rabaul. Over the target, this aircraft suffered a wing failure and crashed into Simpson Harbor. When this aircraft failed to return the crew was listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead on January 18, 1945. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. Pike also has a memorial marker at Memory Grove Memorial in Salt Lake City, UT.

References
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Harold H. Miller, Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Leonard Bruce Pike
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Victor H. Hertager
FindAGrave - 1Lt Harold H Millar, Jr (photo, tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Corp Leonard Bruce Pike (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Cpl Leonard B Pike (memorial marker)
FindAGrave - PFC Victor H Hertager (tablets of the missing)

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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