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USN
USS Hornet
VT-2

Pilot  Lt(jg) Hercules Bereolos (WIA, died July 30, 1944) IN
Gunner  AMM3c Chervenak (survived)
Gunner  ARM3c, Nealous M. Dalton, 6406912 (MIA / KIA) TN

MIA  March 30, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Grumman. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN). Assigned to USS Hornet CV-12 to squadron VT-2. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On March 30, 1944 took off from the USS Hornet (CV-12) roughly 100 miles east of Palau on a pre-dawn strike. This aircraft crashed into the sea. Dalton went down with the aircraft and was declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Fates of the Crew
Chervenak and Bereolos were both rescued. The next day, Bereolos died from injuries he sustained in the crash.

Memorials
Dalton was officially declared dead the day of the mission. Bereolos was officially declared dead July 30, 1944. Both are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

Relative
Jewly Antosz (niece of Dalton)

References
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List March 1944
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Hercules Bereolos
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Nealous M. Dalton
FindAGrave - LtJG Hercules Bereolos (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - ARM2 Nealous M Dalton (tablets of the missing)

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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