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Auburn, William Harry

Rank and Name, Aviation Ordnanceman Second Class William Harry Auburn.

Unit/Placed in, Patrol Bombing Squadron 71 (VPB-71), United states Navy.


William is born approx. on 1924 in Washington.

Father, Floyd C. Auburn.

Mother, Marie G. Auburn.

Brother(s), Robert Auburn.


William enlisted the service in Washington with service number # 3865968.


William‘s Crew-members on-board the plane a PBY-5A were,

Ltjg.             Richard W. Shelley            Pilot

Ensign          J. M. Kern

Ensign          W. B. Spring

Aom2.          William H. Auburn

Aom2.          J. K. Allen

Arm2.          Carl Stafford

Arm2.          Arthur J. Breslin

Arm3.          R. L. Mason

Amm3.         Robert E. Middlebrooks


William died of his wounds sustained during the patrol when the plane crashed on Mindanao on 6 Dec. 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.


William 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/airfields/usa/ford/index.html

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.

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

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

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

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


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

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

Patrol Bombing Squadron 71 (VPB-71)
NAS Ford Island
His rank Aviation Ordnanceman Second Class