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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 80901
Last updated: 31 August 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated PB4Y-1 Liberator
Owner/operator:VMD-154 USMC
Registration: 31958
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:off Espirtu Santo Island -   Vanuatu
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Bomber Strip #1, Espirtu Santo Island
Destination airport:
In the morning of 7 February 1943 the PB4Y-1 Buno 31958 of Marine Photographic Squadron 154 took off from Espirtu Santo Island, New Hebrides, on a reconnaissance mission to New Georgia at 0416 hrs but crashed about thirty seconds after take-off. The plane was seen to start a turn to the left and then it lost altitude rapidly and crashed into the sea in 94 fathoms of water about 600 yards off shore from Bomber Strip #1. All crew were killed.

Crew (all killed):
1st Lt H. M. Roberts USMCR (pilot)
Capt. Benjamin C. Y. Fuller A-V(C) USMCR
Lt Harold W. Ervin USAAF
S/Sgt Ernest L. Bakey USMCR
Cpl Richard P. Chanard USMC
Sgt Herbert E. Knecht USMC
Cpl Henry B. Nielson USMC
Cpl Alvin A. Nowrk USMC
Pfc Lester C. Simkins USMC
Pfc James K. Davis USMC
Pfc Robert S. Edwards USMCR
Pfc Johnny F. Tarzi USMC

Marine Photographic Squadron 154 War Diary, February 1943 (


Revision history:

14-Nov-2010 11:55 ASN archive Added
08-Feb-2016 11:27 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
12-Feb-2020 12:40 Iwosh Updated [Operator, Operator]

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