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MishapsMISHAPs: 13 APR 45 A/C: PB4Y-2 Privateer Location: 2mi from base Strike: Yes BUNO: 59401 Cause: Fuel exhaustion, ditched at sea and sank - 13/ok. Contributed by Terry pb4y-2@sbcglobal.net

MishapsMISHAPs: 06 MAY 45 A/C: PB4Y-2 Privateer Location: Unknown Strike: Yes BUNO: 59449 Cause: Failed to return from an operational flight. Crew missing: Pilot Lt(jg) J. Allan Casater USNR, Ens Milton L. Gibson USNR, Ens Clarence J. Milner USNR, AMM2c Ewell W. Smith USN, ARM3c William J. Hawkins USNR, ARM2c Davis McCallister USNR, ARM3c Harry F. Bockhorst USNR, AMM2c Sterlin C. Bryant, Jr. USNR, AOM3c Willis L. Thorton USN, Sea1c Charles W. Jacobs USNR, AMM3c Robert A. Carr USNR, and AOM2c Robert E. Miller, Jr. USNR. Contributed by Terry pb4y-2@sbcglobal.net [29NOV2001]

MishapsMISHAPs: 22 JUL 45 A/C: PB4Y-2 Privateer Location: Near Shanghai Strike: Yes BUNO: 59458 Cause: Shot down.

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MishapsMISHAPs: 08 AUG 45 A/C: PB4Y-2 Privateer Location: Unknown Strike: Unknown BUNO: Unknown Cause: Unknown

UPDATE "...My grandfather Bob Koontz, who I am named after, was a member of VPB-118, Park Crew. They were killed in combat 8/8/45. I noticed his name was missing from the list of the crem members, could his name please be added to it. Thank you...Bob Koontz bandb2626@earthlink.net..." [25MAR2006]

UPDATE "...The Park Crew of VPB-118 consisted of (L-R first row) Joseph S. Piquette AMM2c (plane captain), Ens. Glen W. Lewton (co-pilot), Lt. (jg) James R. Park (PPC), Ens. Loris H. Lowe (co-pilot), Mike R. Marich ACOM (ordnanceman/gunner), (L-R second row) Herbert J. Wartzack ARM3c (radio), Carroll A. "Tex" McKinney, Jr. S1c(AMM) (mechanic/gunner), Michael E. Hedrick S1c (ARM) (radio), Paul Preitz S1c (ARM) (radio), John M. "Jim" James AMM3c (mechanic/gunner), Robert Koontz (AOM3c), Raymond R. Reinhart ARM3c (radio), not in photo, perhaps transferred in, Ernest K. Hall ARM3c (radio)..." WebSite: http://www.vpb-118.hypercontinuum.com/ [25MAR2006]

UPDATE "...My uncle, Michael Hedrick, was killed-in-action Aug. 8, 1945 near Okinawa. He was a bow gunner on a PB4Y2 Privateer with VPB-118. His plane went down while attacking a Japanese vessel. Does anyone have photographs of him or his aircraft?...Leo Thomas lpthomas47@yahoo.com..." [29NOV2001]

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