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Sgt Marvin Berkowitz
Birth: Jan. 9, 1921
Death: Feb. 2, 1944, At Sea

Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces

Marvin Berkowitz entered the U.S. Army Air Forces from the state of New York to serve during World War II. At the time of his disappearance, he was assigned to Headquarters Squadron, V Bomber Command at Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

On 26 March 1943, Berkowitz was a passenger in the B-17 Flying Fortress #41-24384, "Pluto." Also on board was the Commanding General of V Bomber Command, Brigadier General Howard K. Ramey. The mission of the aircraft was to carry out a scheduled 7-hour reconnaissance flight of Merauke and Horn Island.

The last communication ever heard from the aircraft was a message from the radio operator twenty minutes after takeoff. An extensive air search was conducted but no sign was ever found of the aircraft, or the twelve men on board. All on board the aircraft were officially declared dead on 19 November 1945.

The crew and passengers remain Missing In Action:

Pilot Brig. Gen. Howard K. Ramey, O-10874
Co-Pilot Lt. Col. Harold N. Chaffin, O-22469
Passenger Capt. Stanley A. Loewenberg, O-0282379 NY
Passenger Lt. Comm. Ferdinand D. Mannoccir II, 131324 USN
Passenger Capt. James R. Griffin, O-389636
Passenger 2nd Lt. William Lief, O-726002
Passenger M/Sgt James D. Collier Jr., 6920942
Passenger T/Sgt Ortis L. Quaal, 6149056
Passenger S/Sgt Robert R. Stith, 18004634
Passenger S/Sgt Harry A. Johnson, 12031847
Passenger Sgt Marvin Berkowitz, 6979447
Passenger Pfc George T. Hopfield, 6668063

Date Missing In Action: 26 March 1943
Official Date of Death: 19 November 1945

Sergeant Marvin Berkowitz was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.

Information compiled by Charles A. Lewis
 (bio by: Charles A. Lewis) 
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
Metro Manila
National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot: Tablets of the missing
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Record added: Jun 28, 2010
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- Neil B (John 3:16)
 Added: Feb. 20, 2015

- JimO
 Added: Nov. 9, 2014
Thank you for your great sacrifice in preserving our country's freedom. I will honor you in the only way that I can . . . by remembering you always. May you rest in peace.
- Charles A. Lewis
 Added: Jan. 26, 2011
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