|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
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.
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.
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.
Jewly Antosz (niece of Dalton)
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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January 5, 2018