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|Pilot Captain Carl V. Bohman, O-667638 (MIA / KIA) IN
Crashed August 4, 1944 at 3:15pm
Built by Republic at the Indiana Division of Republic Aviation in Evansville, IN. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 35th Fighter Group (35th FG), 41st Fighter Squadron (41st FS). No known nickname, nose art or squadron number. When lost, engine R-2800-59 serial number FP-001917. Weapon serial numbers unknown.
On August 4, 1944 took off from Nadzab Airfield piloted by Captain Carl V. Bohman on a training flight as one of four P-47s. During the flight, the formation encountered dense clouds above the mountains between Bena Bena and Dumpu. Flying at an altitude of 12,000' to 13,000', this aircraft and P-47D 42-27866 piloted by 1st. Lt. Frintner entered the clouds and were never seen again. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
Bohman was officially declared dead a year and a day later on August 5, 1945. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters. He did not earn the Purple Heart, posthumously because the flight he was lost was a non-combat flight, yet .1st. Lt. Frintner earned the Purple Heart. Bohman is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.
Missing Air Crew Report 9019 (MACR 9019)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Carl V. Bohman
FindAGrave - Capt Carl V Bohman (photo, tablets of the missing)
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