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War Correspondents Killed in the Pacific
Listing of war correspondents and news reporters killed in the Pacific War during World War II
During World War II, 54 war correspondents were killed worldwide. Profied below are those killed in the Asia/Pacific region.

Melville Jacoby, Time/Life

On April 29, 1942 killed at Batchelor Field when a P-40E Warhawk collided with a parked Lockheed C-40 and was killed.

Byron "Barney" Darnton, New York Times
On October 18, 1942 passenger aboard King John killed October 18, 1942 by friendly fire from B-25 Mitchell near Pongani, New Guinea.

Lt. Thomas Fisher, Australian Army, Information Section
Former Sydeny Morning Herald (SMH) photographer, attached to Information Section, AIF
Killed/Missing November 16, 1942 aboard Bonwin as a cameraman and killed during Japanese air raid

Carl R. Thusgaard, ACME Photos
Note, name also spelled Karl R. Thusgaard in some sources.
Killed July 20, 1943 aboard B-24D "Virgin III" 42-40327 shot down by Ki-61 Tony over New Guinea, body not recovered.

Robert E. Lewis, American Red Cross Correspondent
Killed November 26, 1943 aboard Lodestar VH-CAB near Port Moresby

Harry H. Poague, American Red Cross Correspondent
Killed November 26, 1943 aboard Lodestar VH-CAB near Port Moresby

Keith Palmer, Melbourne Herald
Australian News Service and Newsweek magazine.
Wounded during a Japanese air raid and died November 23, 1943 at Empress Augusta Bay off Bougainville.

Harold G. Dick, Australian Department of Information
Killed December 19, 1943 in the crash of C-47A "Hoosier Traveller" 43-30742 near Rockhampton.
Dick was returning from participating in a mission over Japanese occupied islands with exposed film that was recovered from the crash site and sucessfully developed.
54 War Correspondents K.I.A. WWII A Gripping Account of War Journalism 1940-1945 by Doral Chenoweth Chaper V - Australia's Accredited Dead via Wayback Machine April 24, 2018
"The sixth was Harold Dick, a young western Australian photographer. He died in an airplane crash in Queensland on July 20, 1943 [sic December 19, 1943]. He had just returned from a foray over Japanese island positions when the accident occurred. His pictures were delivered without damage after the crash."
FindAGrave - Harold George Dick (grave photo)

Pendil A. Rayner, Brisbane Telegraph
Injured December 26, 1943 crash B-17E "R.F.D. Tojo" 41-2627 and died of injuries December 27, 1943

Brydon Taves, United Press
Australian manager of United Press (UP)
Injured December 26, 1943 crash B-17E "R.F.D. Tojo" 41-2627 and died of injuries December 27, 1943

Damien P. Parer, photographer Australian Imperial Force (AIF)
Killed September 17, 1944 by machine gun fire on Peleliu Island.

Ernie Pyle
Killed April 18, 1945 by a sniper (other sources say mortar fire) on Ie Shima. He is buried at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) at Plot D, Row 0 Grave 109.

References
The Sydney Morning Herald "Seven War Correspondents Killed in SWPA" December 29, 1943
"The seven other war correspondents killed in the South-West Pacific Area were: Byron Darnton ('New York Times"), Melville Jacoby ("Life" and 'Time') Karl Thusgaard (Acme Photos), Robert E. Lewis and Harry H. Poague (American Red Cross) Keith Palmer ('Melbourne Herald') and Harold G. Dick (Australian D. of I.). In addition Lieutenant Thomas Fisher, a former 'Sydney Morning Herald' photographer attached to the Military History and Information Section of the A.I.F. also was killed."
New York Times Magazine "In the Name of the Father" by John Darnton October 16, 2005
Almost A Family (2011) by John Darnton details this loss
FindAGrave - Byron “Barney” Darnton (photos)
FindAGrave - Melville Jack “Mel” Jacoby (photos, news)
FindAGrave - Carl Rasmus Thusgaard (photo, news article)
News "Lost in the Pacific - Idlewild News Cameraman Missing As Japs Shoot Down Big Bomber"
Newseum - Carl Thusgaad (photo)
General Douglas MacArthur cabled the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C.: 26 November 1943:
"It is my painful duty to inform you of the death in New Guinea of Robert E. Lewis and Harry H. Poague in an airplane accident. Both served with courage and devotion and fulfilled the important duties of war correspondents with value to their country."
FindAGrave - Robert E Lewis (grave photo)
Heaton & Poague - Harry H. Poague Biography
FindAGrave - Harry H Poague (grave photo)
The 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Veteran Association - The 32D Infantry Division in World War II The ‘Red Arrow’ Papuan Campaign - The Battle of Buna (Fisher)
CWGC - Thomas Fisher
FindAGrave - Lieutenant Thomas T Fisher (Port Moresby memorial, panel 1)
FindAGrave - Brydon Taves (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Reporter Pendil Arthur Rayner (news)
CWGC - Pendil Arthur Rayner
AWM - War Correspondent and Photographer Damien Peter Parer
CWGC - Damien Peter Parer
54 War Correspondents K.I.A. WWII A Gripping Account of War Journalism 1940-1945 by Doral Chenoweth via Wayback Machine January 31, 2019
War Department Bureau of Public Relations Liaison Branch - 28 January 1946 via Wayback Machine January 31, 2019
Thanks to John Darnton and Edward Rogers for additional research and analysis information

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