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IJN June 3, 1942
|Pilot Lt(jg) Jean C. Cusick, O-137105 (MIA / KIA) SD
Crew AP1c Clark W. Morrison, 3720054 (MIA / KIA) CO
Crew RM3 John F. Collins, 4008873 (MIA / KIA) MA
Crew AMM2c Alton J. Davis, 2744074 (MIA / KIA) LA
Crew AMM2c Burdette B. Siler, 3821380 (MIA / KIA) CA
Crew ARM2c Louis E. Yurek, 2832603 (MIA / KIA) OH
Crew Ensign Wylie M. Hunt, 104905 (POW, survived) CO
Crew AOM3c Carl E. Creamer, 3685081 (POW, survived) Portis, KS
Crew Sea2c Joseph R. Brown, 3375466 (POW, survived) MS
Crashed June 3, 1942
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as PBY Catalina bureau number unknown. Assigned to Fleet Air Wing Four (FAW4) to squadron VP-41. No known nickname or nose art.
On June 3, 1942 took off from Dutch Harbor Seaplane Base piloted by Lt(jg) Jean C. Cusick on a patrol mission. At roughly 10:00am over the Bearing Sea this Catalina was spotted and intercepted by A6M2 Zeros from Junyō 1st chutai led by Lt. Yoshio Shiga and claimed as shot down by pilots Kobota and Hasegawa. This aircraft crashed approximately 200 miles southwest of Dutch Harbor. Six of the crew died in the crash and presumably went down with the aircraft. Three of the crew survived the crash or bailed out and deploy a life raft.
Fates of the Crew
The three surviving crew: Hunt, Creamer and Brown were at sea for approximately five hours before they were spotted and rescued by Takao and became Prisoners Of War (POW) and were transported to Japan and detained at Ofuna. Afterwards, the Japanese photographed one of the prisoners, likely Creamer after capture and published in Japan.
At the end of the Pacific War, Hunt was detained at Osaka Main Camp Chikko Osaka 34-135. Creamer was detained at Tokyo POW Camp Branch #2 (Kawasaki) Tokyo Bay Area 35-139. Brown was detained at Zentsuji POW Camp (Hiroshima #1) Shikoku Island 34-133. All three survived captivity until the end of the Pacific War and were liberated and returned to the United States.
Creamer passed away on August 23, 2012. He was buried on August 28, 2012 at Jacksonville National Cemetery in Jacksonville, FL.
The six crew lost in the crash are listed as Missing In Action (MIA) and were officially declared dead November 25, 1945. All are memorialized at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) courts of the missing. Cusick and Collins and Davis on court 5. Morrison court 1. Yurek and Siler court 2.
Kodochosho Junyō June 4, 1942 [Tokyo time, interception at 23:27 June 3, 1942] translation by Minoru Kamada
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Jean C. Cusick
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Clark W. Morrison
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John F. Collins
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Alton J. Davis
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Burdette B. Siler
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Louis E. Yurek
FindAGrave - LtJg Jean C Cusick (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - AP1C Clark W Morrison (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - John F Collins (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Alton J. Davis (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - AMM2 Burdette B Siler (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - ARm2 Louis E Yurek (courts of the missing photo)
NARA World War II Prisoners of War Data File - Wylie M Hunt
NARA World War II Prisoners of War Data File - Carl Edward Creamer
NARA World War II Prisoners of War Data File - Joseph Rust Brown
FindAGrave - Carl Edward "Ed" Creamer (photos, grave photo)
Thanks to Jim Sawruk and Minoru Kamada for additional information
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January 19, 2021
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