Rank and Name, Private First Class Paul Edward Almon.
Unit/Placed in, 574th Signal Air Warning Battalion.
Paul was on transport to Finschafen, New Guinea with the 433rd Troop Carrier Group,
But the Airplane never arrived their.
Paul is born approx. on July 20, 1909 in Manette, washington.
Father, Alonzo Almon.
Mother, Pearl A. (Brooks) Almon.
Paul enlisted the service in Washington with service number # 39197973.
Paul‘s Crew-members and their position on-board the plane a C-47 were,
1st Lt. Russell A. Morrison Pilot
2nd Lt Kenneth E. Wirth Co-Pilot
T/Sgt John F. Semmens Engineer
T/Sgt Frank M. Staker Radio
Col Oscar D. McNeely Passenger
Pfc Paul E. Almon Passenger
Captain Hal Sayre Passenger
Pfc William H. Hatch Passenger
Capt Boothe C. Haltom Passenger
Pfc Irvin H. Miller Passenger
Lt. John R. Riisoe Passenger
1st Lt Harry E. Petersen Passenger
Pvt Francis J. Benson Passenger
1st Lt William L. Pilgrim Passenger
1st Lt Claude A. Reese, Jr. Passenger
T/5 Alfred G. Daigneau Passenger
2nd Lt George D. Steel Jr. Passenger
T/5 John L. Zajicek Passenger
Lt(jg) John H. Fezler Passenger
CAOM William C. Meadville Passenger
Lt Peter Ogilvie Graham Passenger
Civ Joseph Engel Passenger
Civ Arthur Hawley Passenger
Civ Ronald Ince Passenger
Civ John Mignot Passenger
Civ Dennis Rawson Passenger
On October 1, 1944 took off from Cyclops Drome near Hollandia on a flight bound for Finschafen Airfield. Aboard was a flight crew from the 70th Troop Carrier Squadron and passengers from the U. S. Army, two U. S. Navy and six Australian passengers. Last seen on take off, this C-47 failed to arrive at its destination.
Paul died when his plane for transportation never arrived in New Guinea on Oct. 1, 1944, he is honored with a Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.
Paul is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.
Walls of the missing.
is buried/mentioned at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu County, Hawaii U.S.A.
Courts of the missing.
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
Philppine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/
Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com
1) Douglas C-47A-DK Skytrain 42-92062 (c/n 11821, 433rd TCG) lost Oct 1, 1944, Humboldt Bay, New Guinea. MACR 9016.
The 63d and 70th Troop Carrier Squadrons, 433d Troop Carrier Group, moved that day from Los Negros Island, Admiralty Islands and Hollandia respectively, to Biak Island with C-47s.
I have a list of four men of 70th TCS MIA this day (Captain Russell A. Morrison, Technical Sergeant John F. Semmens, Staff Sergeant Frank M. Staker, Second Lieutenant Kenneth E. Wirth).
Outside the 70th Sqn men, I have a list of twelve men commemorated in Manila as MIA the same day and linked to USAAF units, that may have been passengers of this aircraft: 6 of 574th Signal Air Warning Battalion, the other from 6 different units.