Carter, Arthur David

Rank and Name, Aviation Radioman Second Class Arthur David Carter.

Unit/Placed in, Torpedo Squadron 24 (VT-24) embarked from the USS Belleau Wood (CV-24), United States Naval Reserve.

 

Arthur is born approx. on 23 Dec. 1922 in New York.

Father, David Thomas Carter.

Mother, Florence Carter.

 

Arthur enlisted the service in New York with service number # 7064889.

 

Arthur‘s Crew-members and their position on-board the plane a Grumman TBF Avenger were,

Ltjg.             Ernest W. Wood                Pilot

Arm2.          Arthur D. Carter               Radio Operator/Bombadier

Aom2.          Robert B. Wagenknecht      Gunner

 

Arthur was KIA when they were shot down over Truk, during the Truk-Satawan-Ponape raid on 29 April 1944, he is honored with an Air Medal with Gold Star, Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Navy & Marine Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.

 

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

Walls of the missing.

 

Thanks to,

Jean Louis Vijgen, ww2-Pacific.com ww2-europe.com

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano

National Historian

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org

Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Tank Destroyers, http://www.bensavelkoul.nl/

 

Aviation Radioman 2nd Class Arthur D. Carter, 7064889, Radioman, Avenger Torpedo Bomber, Torpedo Squadron 24, Air Group 24, U.S.S. Belleau Wood.  Killed in Action on 29 April 1944 when his Torpedo Bomber was shot down during a raid on Truk.  Born on 23 December 1922, he entered the service on 19 August 1942 from Bronx, New York.

 

Before the war, Arthur Carter worked as a clerk.  He enlisted in the Navy at 19 years old and following training was assigned as an Aviation Radioman in Scouting Squadron 24  on 31 December 1942.  On 1 March 1943 this squadron became Composite Squadron 24 (VC-24) where it joined the U.S.S. Belleau Wood on 30 April 1943 before becoming Torpedo Squadron 24 (VT-24) on 15 December 1943.  ARM3c Carter completed three months of air crew train on board the carrier and earned his Aircrewman Insignia on 16 July 1943.  He completed another important milestone for a sailor when the U.S.S. Belleau Wood crossed the equator on 1 September 1943 and ARM3c Carter became a qualified “Shellback.”

 

On 29 April 1944, ARM2c Carter was radioman on a Avenger Torpedo Bomber piloted by Lt.(jg). Ernest W. Wood, Jr with AOM2c Robert B. Wagenknecht as the rear gunner.  They were conducting a “glide bombing” mission on Truk Island.  Flying threw intense Japanese anti-aircraft fire, their aircraft was seen to have released its bombs before beginning to smoke.  The plane then crashed into the sea at a 35 degree angle.  No survivors were located.

 

ARM2c Carter’s body was never recovered and is listed on the Tablet of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines.  He was 21 years old.

Bachand, Alexis C.

Rank and Name, Second Lieutenant Alexis C. Bachand.

Unit/Placed in, 31st Bomber Squadron, 5th Bomber Group, Heavy.

 

Alexis is born approx. on 1920 in New York.

Father, Alexis C. Bachand.

Mother, Ruth M. Bachand.

Spouse, Ruth E. (Eachand) Bachand.

 

Alexis enlisted the service in New York with service number # 0-696308.

 

John ‘s Crew-members and their position on-board the plane a B-24 were,

2nd Lt.         Arthur J. Belair                Pilot

2nd Lt.         Alexis J. Bachand              Co Pilot

2nd Lt.         James C. Price                  Navigator

2nd Lt.         Clayton A. White               Bombardier

T/Sgt.          Lee H. Evans                     Engineer

S/Sgt.           Harold J. Olson                 Asst. Engineer

T/Sgt.          Warren R. Curry               Radio Operator

S/Sgt.           Howard G. Parson             Asst. Radio Operator

S/Sgt.           Edward J. Gin                  Gunner

S/Sgt.           John E. Ashworth              Gunner

Alexis was KIA when they were shot by a Mitsubishi A6M Zero in the #2 Engine after the Mission and crashed near Truk Lagoon on 21 May 1944, he is honored with an Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart, Army Aviation Badge, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.

 

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

Walls of the missing.

 

Thanks to, https://pacificwrecks.com/units/usaaf/5bg/index.html

Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano

National Historian

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org

Website,

Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Aunspaugh, Claude William

Rank and Name, Aviation Radioman Second Class Claude William Aunspaugh.

Unit/Placed in, Bombing Squadron 17, (VB-17),  United States Naval Reserve.

 

Claude is born approx. on 24 Nov. 1919 in .

Father, Robert M. Aunspaugh.

Mother, Dove Aunspaugh.

Sister(s), Vera Anspaugh.

 

Claude enlisted the service in Arkansas with service number # 6301650.

 

Claude‘s Crew-members and their position on-board the plane a SB2C-1 were,

LtJg.            G.L. Glass                        Pilot

Arm2.          Claude W. Aunspaugh         Radio Operator/Gunner

 

Claude was KIA on the mission to Truk Lagoon, diving on a ship it was hit by Anti-Aircraft and crashed in the lagoon in flames on 16 Feb. 1944, he is honored with a Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Navy & Marine Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.

 

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

Walls of the missing.

He also has a Memorial Grave at Pleasant Plains Cemetery, Pleasant Plains, Independence County, Arkansas, USA.

 

Thanks to, https://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/USN/LLFeb44.htm

http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/17.htm

Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org

Website,

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/

Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Narrative of Death

  • 16 Feb 1944
  • Truk Islands

AUNSPAUGH, Claude William, Aviation Radioman 2c, USNR. (Petty Office Class)  Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Morgan Aunspaugh, Rt. 2, Box 455, Kingsburg.  (http://www.accessgenealogy.com/navy/california/a.htm), accessed October 6, 2009.

AUNSPAUGH, CLAUDE W         6301650         USNR         ARM2         02/16/1944 MIA   Service Personnel Not Recovered Following World War II
http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/WWII_MIA/NAV_M_A.HTM, accessed October 6, 2009

* Merced AAF, 6 miles (9.7 km) northwest of Merced     HQ Continental Air Forces     90th Army Air Force Base Unit

“As the attack continued unabated through the first nineteen days of February, the B-24’s flew 256 sorties, the B-25’s 263, the TBF’s 244, and the SBD’s 573. Fighter sorties fell off to 1,579 as the enemy’s defenses weakened. Shipping targets became rare in Simpson Harbor, and the SBD’s and TBF’s turned their attention to antiaircraft positions. AAF heavies and mediums continued to devote their attention chiefly to air installations, for airdrome maintenance crews kept the runways under constant repair and enemy interception, though weakening, remained a factor that could not be ignored.143 A standard schedule of morning, afternoon, and night missions gave Rabaul’s defenders little respite, except when the weather interfered. The tempo of the attack was stepped up during the week preceding 15 February, when South Pacific forces landed virtually without interference on Nissan in the Green Islands, which is only a little more than 100 miles from Rabaul.144 The last enemy interception of any significant size occurred on 19 February, the date subsequently selected by the South Pacific command to mark its victory in the air battle of Rabaul.  The air assault on Rabaul actually continued for weeks thereafter, but there was justification enough in the selection of 19 February as the day of victory. After U.S. Navy carriers had struck two hard blows at Truk on 16 and 17 February, all but a few of the remaining planes at Rabaul were called back to Truk . . . (http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/AAF/IV/AAF-IV-10.html), accessed October 6, 2009.

 

Artley, Arthur Eugene

Rank and Name, Aviation Radioman Third Class Arthur Eugene Artley.

Unit/Placed in, Patrol Bombing Squadron 216 (VPB-216), United States Navy.

 

Arthur is born approx. on no record.

Mother, Clara E. Artley.

 

Arthur enlisted the service in Connecticut with service number # 6425631.

 

Arthur ‘s Crew-members and their position on-board the plane a PBM-3 were,

Ensign      Harry F. Mulkey Jr.

ACRM       Harry E. Schopf

ARM 3c    Arthur E. Artley

 

Arthur died on the search mission, when the plane crashed due to bad weather and fuel shortage on Oct. 6, 1944, he is honored with an Air Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Navy & Marine Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.

 

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

Walls of the missing.

 

Thanks to,

Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org

Website,

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/

Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Applefeld, Joseph Allen

Rank and Name, Aviation Radioman Second Class Joseph Allen Applefeld.

Unit/Placed in, Navy Bombing Squadron 17 (VP-17).

 

Joseph is born approx. on May 19, 1921 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Parents and Siblings, No Record Available.

 

Joseph enlisted the service in Pennsylvania with service number # 6503697.

 

Joseph ‘s Crew-members and their position on-board the plane a Curtiss SB2C Helldiver were,

Ltjg.             Billy Jess Shearon              Pilot

Arm2.          Joseph Allen Applefeld        Gunner

Joseph died of his wounds (AA hit) sustained during the Truk attack, he died during return to the Bunker Hill on Feb. 16, 1944, he is honored with a Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Navy & Marine Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.

 

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

Walls of the missing.

 

Thanks to,

Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org

Website,

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/

Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Anderson, Kenneth R.

Rank and Name, Staff Sergeant Kenneth R. Anderson.

Unit/Placed in, 38th Bomber Squadron, 30th Bomber Group (Heavy).

 

Kenneth is born approx. on Dec. 3, 1916 in Canada (English).

Father, David Anderson.

Mother, Sadie V. Anderson.

Sister(s), Thelma I. Betty M. and Barbara J. Anderson.

Brother(s), Agnus R. and David E. Anderson.

Father, Kenneth and David are born in Canada (English).

 

Kenneth enlisted the service in Massachusetts with service number # 31151687.

 

Kenneth ‘s Crew-members and their position on-board the plane a B-24 were,

1st Lt.           Alvin L. Larson                 Pilot

1st Lt.           Charles H. Hechler             Co Pilot

1st Lt.           Rodney C. Clare                Bombardier

1st Lt.           Philip Smith                     Navigator

T/Sgt.          Scott F. Turner                 Radio Operator/Gunner

S/Sgt.           Frank V. Stella                  Gunner

T/Sgt.          Francis Rupnow                 Engineer/Gunner

S/Sgt.           John W. Corr                    Asst. Engineer/Gunner

S/Sgt.           Roswell A. Osborne            Radar Observer

S/Sgt.           Kenneth R. Anderson         Asst. Radio Operator

2nd Lt.         Raymond H. Davies            Pilot

 

Kenneth was KIA after the Mission a other plane noticed they were on fire exploded, and Crashed in 3 sections in Sea on April 10, 1944, he is honored with an Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.

 

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

Walls of the missing.

He also Has A Memorial Grave at Calais Cemetery, Calais, Washington County, Maine, USA.

 

Thanks to, http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/USAAF/30th_Bombardment_Group.html

Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org

Website,

Philppine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/

Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Moore, Albert Scott

Rank and Name, Aviation Radioman Third Class Albert Scott Moore.

Unit/Placed in, Torpedo Squadron 9 (VT-9) based onboard USS Essex (CV-9), United States Naval Reserve.

 

Albert is born approx. on 1922 in Massachusetts.

Father, Hanson Moore.

Born in England.

Mother, Eliza Moore.

 

Albert enlisted the service in Massachusetts with service number # 6064556.

 

Albert‘s Crew-members and their position on-board the plane a Grumman TBF Avenger were,

LtJg.         Charles C. Hoover        Pilot

Amm2c.    Charles A. Chalman     Gunner

Arm3c.      Albert S. Moore           Radio Operator

Albert died because the pilo left landing gear went in the catwalk causing him to cartwheel and land upside down on the water. There were no survivors.” On Feb. 16, 1944, he is honored with a Air Medal with Gold Star, Good Conduct Medal, Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.

 

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

Walls of the missing.

 

Thanks to,  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Hailstone

https://ww2db.com/battle_spec.php?battle_id=14

Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org

Website,

Philppine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/

Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

 

http://richardanderson.net/world-war-ii-stories/truk-island-strike/

 

 

 

 

 

Adkins, Raymond Ford

Adkins, Raymond Ford

Rank and Name, Seaman Second Class Raymond Ford Adkins.

Unit/placed on, USS Intrepid (CV-11) Carrier, United States Navy.

 

Raymond was born  on March 11, 1925 in Missisippi.

 

Father, Jamie L. Adkins.

Mother, Jonnie O. (Sommers) Adkins.

Sisters, Elaine Adkins.  

Brother, Howard S., Jimmie, Johnnie and Captola Adkins.

 

Raymond entered  the service from Missisippi with service-number # 8436495.

 

Raymond was KIA  when the USS Intrepid was struck by an torpedo during Operation Hailstone, on Feb. 16, 1944, he is honored with a  Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.

 

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

Wall of the missing.

 

Thanks to http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/11.htm 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/

USS Interpid (CV-11) Carrier
His rank Seaman Second Class

Agard, Charles Marvin

Agard, Charles Marvin

Rank and Name, Staff Sergeant Charles Marvin Agard.

Unit/placed in, 26th Bomber Squadron, 11th Bomber Group (Heavy).

 

Charles was born  on May. 15, 1916 in Mukegon County, Michigan.

 

Father, Hans N. Agard.

Mother, Minerva A. (Newquist) Agard.

Sister, Dorethy Agard.  

Brothers, Kenneth and Russell Agard.

 

Charles entered  the Service from Detroit, Michigan in April 4, 1941with service-number # 16013994.

 

Charles was KIA during the Mission to Truk Atol, the plane went missing, on June 6, 1944 ,  is honored with a  Purple Heart, Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished flying Cross, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.

Charles crew-members and their position on-board the plane a B-24 were;

Capt. Allan R. Taflinger Pilot

F/O. Charles G. Morris Co Pilot

1st Lt. Paul B. Van Metre Navigator

2nd Lt . Bernhard C. Harlow Bombardier

S/Sgt. Charles M. Agard Engineer

S/Sgt. John E. Crehan Asst. Engineer

S/Sgt. Ross E. Rutland Radio Operator

T/Sgt. Warren E. Dougherty Radar Operator

S/Sgt. Kenneth P. Doxtator Gunner

S/Sgt. Harmus J. Hastings Gunner

 

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

Wall of the missing.

 

Thanks to  http://11thbombgroup.org 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/

26th Bomber Squadron
11th Bomber Group
B-24
Airfield Eniwetok
Charles M. Agard
His rank Staff Sergeant

Adkins, Raymond Ford

Adkins, Raymond Ford

Rank and Name, Seaman Second Class Raymond Ford Adkins.

Unit/placed on, USS Intrepid (CV-11) Carrier, United States Navy.

 

Raymond was born  on March 11, 1925 in Missisippi.

 

Father, Jamie L. Adkins.

Mother, Jonnie O. (Sommers) Adkins.

Sisters, Elaine Adkins.  

Brother, Howard S., Jimmie, Johnnie and Captola Adkins.

 

Raymond entered  the service from Missisippi with service-number # 8436495.

 

Raymond was KIA  when the USS Intrepid was struck by an torpedo during Operation Hailstone, on Feb. 16, 1944, he is honored with a  Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.

 

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

Wall of the missing.

 

Thanks to http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/11.htm 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/

USS Intrepid (CV-11) Carrier
His rank Seaman Second Class