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USS Yorktown (CV-10)
|Pilot Lt. Norman N. Merrell, Jr., O-112121 USNR (MIA / KIA) IL
Gunner AOM2c Stanley E. Carr, 3815744 (MIA / KIA) CA
Radio ARM1c Harold E. Mongraw, 3117897 (MIA / KIA) MI
MIA June 12, 1944
Built by General Motors, Eastern Aircraft Division as model G-40. Delivered to the U.S. Navy (USN) as TBM-1C Avenger bureau number 25424.
Assigned to USS Yorktown (CV-10) to squadron VT-1. No known nickname or nose art.
On June 12, 1944 took off from USS Yorktown (CV-10) piloted by Lt. Norman N. Merrell, Jr. on a dive bombing mission over Orote Point Airfield on Guam. According to witness accounts, this Avenger was hit by anti-aircraft fire during the dive bombing run, causing it to catch fire and ditch or crash off Orote Point. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
The entire crew was officially declared dead on January 19, 1946. All are memorialized at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) at the Court of the Missing. Merrell and Mongraw on court 1. Carr on court 5. Carr also has a memorial at Forest Memorial Gardens in Olympia, WA at garden of devotion.
Bruce Carr (nephew of Stanley Carr)
"I have emailed dive organizations on Guam, but there doesn't seem to be any known TBM dive wrecks. My Dad has always been curious about his brothers demise, and now I too am interested to learn more (I am a former Navy pilot). My uncle was the rear gunner on the plane (Stanley Carr from VT-1 off the Yorktown). According to one document: “…was last seen trying to come out of his dive directly above the airstrip about 800 feet. His plane was burning in the engine and bomb bays indicating that his incendiary bombs were set afire. His plane was not seen to hit the ground.”
Navy Serial Number Search Results - TBM Avenger 25424
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List June 1944 - TBM Avenger 25424 pilot N. N. Merrell June 12, 1944
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Norman Merrell Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Stanley E. Carr
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Harold E. Mongraw
FindAGrave - Lt Norman K. Merrell, Jr (photos, courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - AOM2 Stanley E Carr (photos, courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Stanley Elmore Carr (photo, memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - ARm1 Harold E Mongraw (photos, courts of the missing)
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