Gaines Isaac Milligan
Born 1921, Tennessee
Enlisted 7 January 1942
Died non Battle 26 March 1943
Memorialized at the Honolulu, HI Memorial
Husband of Caroline Elizabeth Chester

Second Lieutenant
2nd Island Command Group, 70th Bomber Squadron, Medium

At approximately 2230Z, 25 March 1943 aircraft B-25C with serial number 42-32302 on a routine Gunnery Practice mission crashed 20 miles from Viti Levu (Fiji Island). The body of Lt Milligan was not recovered. All the crew went down with the plane. Search disclosed empty life raft and other impedimenta floating on the water.

Crew members
Pilot, 2nd Lt Gaines I. Milligan
Engineer, S/Sgt Barnard Levine
Gunner, S/Sgt Francis L. Tahler
Radio Operator, S/Sgt Donald A. Purdy
Crew Chief, S/Sgt Leo F. Pappas
Passenger PFC James E. Blackwell

Picture from the U.S. School Yearbook Central High School, Chattanooga, Tennessee 1936.

  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Date of death: 26 March 1943
  • County: Hamilton
  • Hometown: Chattanooga
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 2nd Island Command Group, 70th Bomber Squadron, Medium
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar X, Middle Panel
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