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Aguirre, Francisco Flores

Rank and Name,Sergeant Francisco Flores Aguirre.

Unit/Placed in,65th Bomber Squadron, 43rd Bomber Group (Heavy).

 

Francisco is born in June 27, 1920 in Los Angles, California.

 

Mother, Florez Francisco.

 

Francisco enlisted the service in California with service number # 39167021.

 

Francisco was KIA after take-off when the plane crashed near Finschhafen Bay due to engine trouble on March 29, 1944, he is honored with a Purple Heart, Air Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.

Francisco’s crew-members and their position on-board the plane a B-24 were;

2nd Lt. James T. Hogan Pilot

T/Sgt. Huuko J. Diussa

Sgt. George K. Stevens

Sgt. Golden B. Miller

Sgt. Francisco F. Aguirre

Sgt. Edward H. McCarthy


The B-24 normal has a crew of 10. It is unknown why this crew only had 6 crewmen. 2nd Lt. Hogan normally served as a Navigator and not a Pilot as he did on this mission, even the other crew members without position on the plane-file.

Francisco is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial  Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

Wall of the missing.

 

Thanks to  http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/USAAF/43rd_Bombardment_Group.html Jean Louis Vijgen, ABMC,  https://abmc.gov Info P.O.W.

Wes Injerd, Dwight Rider: http://www.mansell.com/pow-index.html

NavyLog, http://navylog.navymemorial.org Philippine Scouts Heritage Society, Sean Conjenos, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/

Familysearch.com, https://www.familysearch.org Navy Marines Info Geoffrey Roecker, https://missingmarines.com/ Medals Info, http://www.honorstates.org Website, https://hendrikswebdesign.nl/

 

65th Bomber Squadron
43rd Bomber Group
B-24
Airfield Nazdazab, New Guinea
His rank Sergeant