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  PB4Y-1 Liberator Bureau Number 38925  
USN
VPB-117

Pilot ┬áLt. Thomas J. Hyland (survived)
Ditched  March 30, 1945

Aircraft History
Buit by Consolidated at San Diego as Model 32. Constructors Number 5296. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24J-210-CO Liberator serial number 44-41360.

Wartime History
Assigned to the United States Navy (USN) as PB4Y-1 Liberator bureau number 38925. Assigned to Patrol Bombing Squadron 117 (VPB-117). No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On March 30, 1945 took off from McGuire Airfield (San Jose) on a patrol mission. Over Hainan Island intercepted by two A6M Zeros and damaged. Returning, ditched at Triton Atoll off Vietnam.

Rescue
Later that same day, the entire crew was rescued by a PBM Mariner and returned to duty.

Memorials
Hyland passed away on December 14, 2003 at age 87. He is buried at Fort Logan National Cemetery at section 25 site 709.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24J-210-CO Liberator 44-41360
"41360 to USN as PB4Y-1 38925"
Navy Serial Number Search Results - PB4Y-1 Liberator 38925
"38925 ex USAAF 44-41360"
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List March 1945 - PB4Y-1 Liberator 38925
FindAGrave - Thomas J Hyland (grave photo)

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Last Updated
March 28, 2020

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