|Death: ||Aug. 8, 1946|
Eight men lost their lives in a OA-10 (PBY-A) crash one half mile off O'ahu, Territory of Hawaii. They include the crew and two soldiers getting a transport ride. Although the crash was observed and rescue efforts were launched immediately, no bodies were ever recovered.
Crew, 7th Emergency Rescue Squadron:
1st Lt Harris Kamis
2nd Lt Benjamin F Colson
2nd Lt Vincent G Badolato
Sgt Stanley R Kelley
Cpl Bedford K Metzger Jr
Pfc Riego C Miguel
1st Sgt Joseph G Ritchie
Pfc Richard K Albert
There's no "Benjamin F. Colson" found in NARA's World War II Army Enlistment Records database. However, there's information about him in both the August 20, 1946 front page newspaper article and in the AAF's Report of Major Accident. According to the newspaper, Benjamin was from Washington, D.C. His residence was Washington, DC from ABMC records. In the Report, as the pilot of this flight, his training was examined. He was 22 years old at his death. He received flight training at AFS Brooke Field, TX November 20, 1944; DCAAF Dodge City KN February 9, 1945; LAAF Liberal, KS (B-24 training) September 12, 1945; and Corpus Cristi TX January 11 - April 26, 1946.
* Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938 - 1946, National Archives Records Administration (NARA).
* Honolulu Advertiser, Friday, August 9, 1946, page 1, banner headline article.
* Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Tuesday, August 20, 1946, page 1, headline article.
* Kamis, Harris - Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF), US Army Human Resources Command.
* Kamis, Harris - Report of Major Accident, HQ Air Force Historical Research Agency.
* News item carried in numerous newspapers across the United States on August 8 or August 9, 1946, seen on NewspaperArchive.
* American Battle Monuments Commission website, "World War II database".
Benjamin Franklin Colson (1893 - 1962)
Plot: Courts of the Missing
Created by: seekerJay
Record added: Aug 03, 2010
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