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  TBF-1C Avenger Bureau Number 45946  
USMC
VMTB-134

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Pilot  Major Harry V. Scullin, O-008056 (MIA / KIA) Saint Louis, MO
Crew  Sgt Bertrand L. Smith, 808180 (MIA / KIA) Manchester, NH
Crew  Cpl. Matt L. Muller (KIA, BR) MN

Crashed  November 10, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by General Motors, Eastern Aircraft Division. Delivered to the United States Navy (USN).

Wartime History
Assigned to the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) to squadron VMTB-134. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On November 10, 1944 took off piloted by Major Harry V. Scullin on a mission over Palau. This Avenger crashed in shallow water off along the southern end of the Ngeregong Island.

Recovery of Remains
Postwar, the remains of Muller were recovered and transported to the United States for permanent burial.

Wreckage
This Avenger crashed into shallow water off the southern end of the Ngeregong Island. On November 12, 2001 Pat Scannon / BentProp and the P-MAN-III team, with the help of Palauans on Ngeregong, relocated this crash site.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. The entire crew earned the Purple Heart, posthumously. Postwar, Muller was buried at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at plot C, block 13794.

Scullin and Smith remain listed as Missing In Action (MIA). Both are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

Scullin also has a memorial marker at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery at section MB, site 158.

References
Navy Serial Number Search Results - TBM-1C Avenger 45946  VMTB-134 MIA S of Ngergong, Palau
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List November 1944 - TBM-1C 45946

American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Harry V. Scullin
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Bertrand L. Smith
FindAGrave - Maj Harry Vincent Scullin (photo, tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - MAJ Harry Vincent Scullin (photo, memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Bertrand L Smith (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Matt Lorenz Muller (grave photo)
BentProp PMAN III-4 Ngeregong/Scullin/Smith/TBM-1C via WayBack Machine March 17, 2012
BentProp PMAN IV - p.13 ATTACHMENT 6 Major Harry V. Scullin, VMTB-134 via WayBack Machine 2012
Thanks to Pat Scannon / BentProp for additional information

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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