|Birth: ||Mar. 25, 1920|
|Death: ||Jun. 14, 1943|
Pfc Jerome Abraham was killed in the crash, shortly after takeoff, of a USAAF Boeing B-17C just outside Mackay, Queensland, Australia on June 14, 1943.
The crash of this B-17C was America's worst non-combat air crash outside the U.S.A during WW2, and the worst air crash in Australia's history to that date.
There were 35 passengers and 6 crew members on board, returning to New Guinea after 10 days R&R. Only one person survived the crash and subsequent fire. The story and a part-list of personnel in the aircraft is at the website below:
This crash was never reported anywhere due to military secrecy during WW2. Even Australian newspapers did not report it.
Relatives of the victims were merely advised that their son/husband/brother had been killed in an air crash during military action in the SW Pacific.
The victims bodies were interred at Mackay, QLD., cemetery until the end of WW2, when they were repatriated to American soil.
This information was provided by Ron Ash via email
PFC AIR CORPS
WORLD WAR II
Riverside Memorial Park
Plot: Unit 9
Created by: Elaine Wilson Toomey
Record added: Oct 09, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 78014114