Died 27 March 1944

V Bomber Command Group, Hq & Hq Squadron, 5th Air Force

Aircraft B-25H with serial number 43-4179 departed from Nadzab on a weather recon mission to Wewak. The route to be followed was: Nadzab, Gusap, Annenberg, Wewak and return. Weather was to be reported every half hour. This aircraft took off from Nadzat at 0519K, 27 March 1944. One weather report was received by V Bomber Command Communications. No other word was ever heard from this A/P. A-3 Communications tried to contact the airplane, but was never able to get an answer.
Searches for the missing A-P did not begin until 28 March, 1944, due to the false report made by Fighter Sector that 179 had landed at Finschafen.

Crew members
Pilot, 1st Lt George A. Young
Observer, 2nd Lt James P. Armstrong
Navigator, 1st Lt Paul L. Brenner
Engineer, M/Sgt Varner M. Willis
Radio Operator, S/Sgt Jack T. May
Radio Operator, S/Sgt Ralph J. Hawley
Gunner, S/Sgt Joseph W. Pitzpatrick
Gunner, Sgt Owen Money Jr.

Sgt Money is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery at Missouri, together with 2nd Lt James P. Armstrong,. 1st Lt George A. Young, M/Sgt Jack T. May, 1st Lt Paul L. Brenner, M/Sgt Varner M. Willis and S/Sgt Ralph J. Hawley.

  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Date of death: 27 March 1944
  • County: Claiborne
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: V Bomber Command Group, Hq & Hq Squadron, 5th Air Force
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar VIII, Middle Panel
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