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Almon, Paul Edward

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

Mission History

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.


Thanks to, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/aircraft/c-47/42-92062.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

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.


Air Craft Warning Corps
Douglas C-47 Sky Train
Airfield Cyclops Drome, Papua
His rank Private First Class