Died 16 January 1944
Finding of Death 9 February 1946
Memorialized at Manila American Cemetery, Philippines

Technical Sergeant
319th Bomber Squadron, 90th Bomber Group, Heavy, 5th Air Force

Aircraft B-24D-1 with serial number 42-72804 departed from Strip #12 Dobodura, New Guinea on a reconnaissance mission to Recco N&NW Bismarck Sea. The aircraft was shot down over the Bismarck Sea.

Crew members
Pilot, 1st Lt Gordon E. Friedline
Co-Pilot, 1st Lt Laddie W. Taylor
Navigator, 1nd Lt Alvin N. Etzel
Bombardier, 1st Lt Cleve R. Molloy
Weather Observer, 2nd Lt Bronislaus W. Prusak
Engineer, T/Sgt Lloyd O. Hixson
Radio Operator, T/Sgt Melvin A. Block
Gunner, S/Sgt John C. Nason Jr.
Gunner, S/Sgt Percy M. Metcalf
Gunner, S/Sgt Leslie R. Hazelbaker
Gunner, S/Sgt John T. Heckwolf
Photographer, S/Sgt Joseph Beirach
Radar Operator, Cpl Carl A. Butler

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