1st Lt. Harry H. Dunham
374th Troop Carrier Group, 22nd Troop Carrier Squadron
L-5 Sentinel Pilot
Harry Hickenlooper Dunham was born in 1910 in Cincinnati, OH to parents Dr Henry Kennon Dunham and Amelia Hickenlooper Dunham. Prewar, he was a world traveler and film cinematographer. In 1934 he filmed native people in Samoa. In 1936 he traveled to China and filmed the Chinese 8th Army being routed by Japanese Army for the documentary China Strikes Back (1937). Dunham was also a cinematographer for Too Much Johnson (1938) directed by Orson Welles. He was a friend of author Paul Bowles.
Enlisted in the U. S. Army and commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant with serial number O-413448. Assigned to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF), 5th Air Force (5th AF), 374th Troop Carrier Group, 22nd Troop Carrier Squadron. Promoted to the rank of 1st Lieutenant.
On October 23, 1943
took off piloting L-5 Sentinel with passenger Australian Army Captain Dudley V. Peck on a flight flight bound for Boana in New Guinea. This aircraft crash landed near Boana at the head waters of the Eia River and Mount Erap. On impact, Dunham was killed and passenger Peck was injured.
Afterwards, an Australian Army patrol trekked for a week to reach this crash site. At the end of October reached the crash site and rescued passenger Peck and recovered the remains of Dunham then trekked for a week to Nadzab.
Recovery of Remains
Dunham was initially buried at USAF Cemetery Nadzab #1 at plot 2, row 1 grave 18. Later, exhumed and transported to Finschafen. On February 6, 1945 at 10:00am buried at Finschafen No. 2 Cemetery at grave 148. Postwar, his remains were exhumed and transported to the Philippines. On October 27, 1947 placed into storage at the AGRS Mausoleum in Manila.
Dr. Henry K. Dunham (father)
Amelia Kennon Dunham (sister died May 22, 1989)
Marian Chase Dunham (wife)
IMDB - Harry Dunham, director, cinematographer
IMDB - China Strikes Back (1937)
IMDB - Too Much Johnson (1938)
Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF) -
Harry H. Dunham
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Harry H. Dunham
FindAGrave - 1Lt Harry Hickenlooper Dunham (memorial marker)
WW2 Nominal Roll - Dudley Victor Peck
Thanks to Edward Rogers for research and analysis