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  PV-1 Ventura Bureau Number 34799  
Robert A. Delop
John R. Kendall
Pilot  Lt(jg) William B. Taylor, O-251001 USNR (MIA / KIA) ND
Crew  Ens Robert A. Delop, O-305891 USNR (MIA / KIA) Fullerton, CA
 Ens Kenneth R. Ambule, O-305900 USNR (MIA / KIA) Chicago, IL
Crew  ARM1c George V. Robinson, 6329093 USNR (MIA / KIA) CA
Crew  AMM2c Francis R. Harris, 2046560 USNR (MIA / KIA) RI
Crew  AOM3c Earl A. Layten, 7261423 USNR (MIA / KIA) Morton, IL
Crew  AMM3c John R. Kendall, 6553156 USNR (MIA / KIA) OR
MIA  October 20, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed as model 237-27-01 in Burbank. Constructors Number 237-5689. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as PV-1 Ventura bureau number 34799.

Wartime History
Assigned to Patrol Bombing Squadron 146 (VPB-146). No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On October 20, 1944 took off from Pitu Airfield on Morotai Island piloted by Lt(jg) William B. Taylor on a patrol mission and reportedly went missing between Morotai and the Moluccas Islands. When this aircraft failed to return the crew was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).

The entire crew was officially declared dead on October 21, 1945. Each crew member earned the Purple Heart, posthumously. The entire crew is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.

Delop also has a memorial marker at Loma Vista Memorial Park in Fullerton, CA on the Coronita Lawn.

Layten also has a memorial marker at Roberts Cemetery in Morton, IL at plot 1 - Q18.

Navy Serial Number Search Results - PV-1 Ventura 34799
"34799 (VPB-146) crashed during patrol mission Oct 20, 1944. Crew MIA"
NARA "Bombing Squadron One Forty-Six - War Diary 1 October 1944 to 31 October 1944" pages 3
(Page 3) "20 [October 1944] Lieutenant (junior grade) William B. Taylor; Ensign Robert A. Delop; Ensign Kenneth R. Ambule; Robinson, George V., Harris, Francis R., Layten, Earl A.; Kendall, John R., failed to return from combat area patrol in plane number 34799; and subsequently were declared missing in action."
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - William B. Taylor
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Robert A. Delop
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Kenneth R. Ambule
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - George V. Robinson
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Francis R. Harris
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Earl A. Layten
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John R. Kendall
FindAGrave - LtJG William B Taylor, Jr (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Ens Robert A Delop (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Robert A Delop (news, memorial marker)
FindAGrave - Ens Kenneth Richard Ambule (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - ARM1 George V Robinson (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - AMM2 Francis R Harris (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - AOM3 Earl Arthur Layten (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Earl Arthur Layten (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - AMM3 John R Kendall (photo, tablets of the missing)

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Last Updated
October 21, 2020

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