|Pilot Captain Rubin Iden, O-006388 (KIA, BR) MI
Gunner Pvt. F. W. Thiessen (rescued)
Ditched September 20, 1942
Built by Douglas at El Segundo. Constructors Number 1113. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as SBD-3 Dauntless bureau number 03293.
Assigned to the United States Marine Corps (USMC) to squadron VMSB-231 "Ace of Spades". This aircraft had no known nickname or nose art.
On September 20, 1942 took off piloted by Captain Rubin Iden on a mission. This SBD ditched into Lake Tegano on eastern Rennell Island. Also ditched was SBD-3 Dauntless 03294.
Fates of the Crew
During the ditching, pilot Iden drowned. Gunner Thiessen survived.
On September 24, 1942 PBY Catalina from VP-91 rescued
gunner Thiessen plus both crew of SBD Dauntless 03294.
Recovery of Remains
After the crash,
Iden's body was recovered. Postwar, his remains were transported to the Hawaii for permanent burial.
On March 14, 1949 he was buried at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) at plot F row 0 grave 298.
Thanks to Jim Sawruk for additional information.
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March 3, 2021