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  TBF-1C Avenger Bureau Number 47748  
USMC
MAW-1
MAG-12
VMSB-143

Pilot  1st Lt. Dan Regis Meulpolder, O-023237 (MIA / KIA) Pella, IA
Gunner  Pfc James Westley Raun, 490972 (MIA / KIA) Oakland, CA

Crashed  January 29, 1944


Aircraft History
Built by Grumman as model G-40. Constructors Number 5514. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as TBF-1C Avenger bureau number 47748.

Wartime History
Assigned to the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) to Marine Air Wing 1 (MAW-1), Marine Air Group 12 (MAG-12), Marine Scout Bomber Squadron 143 (VMSB-143) "Rocket Raiders". No known nickname, nose art or markings.

Mission History
On January 29, 1944 took off from Munda Airfield piloted by 1st Lt. Dan R. Meulpolder on a bombing mission against Tobera Airfield. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Memorials
Both crew were officially declared dead the day of the mission. Both are memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.

Meulpolder earned the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Raun earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.

References
News "Abandon Hope For Safety of Dan Meulpolder"
Navy Serial Number Search Results - TBF-1C Avenger 47748
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List January 1944 - TBF-1C Avenger 47748

American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Dan Regis Meulpolder
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - James Westley Raun
FindAGrave - 1LT Dan Regis Meulpolder (news, tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - PFC James Westley Raun (tablets of the missing)

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Last Updated
April 19, 2020

 

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