|Birth: ||Oct. 12, 1912|
|Death: ||Mar. 3, 1942|
Western Australia, Australia
Foster was aboard B-24A #40-2374, which took off from Broome airfield in Western Australia. There were a total of twenty men aboard, including the plane's crew, armorers and crew chiefs from the 17th Pursuit Squadron, the flight surgeon of the 9th Bombardment Squadron and injured men under his care. They were being flown to Perth, having been evacuated from Java days before, just ahead of invading Japanese forces.
Minutes after the plane took off the base came under attack by Japanese fighters. The B-24 was shot down roughly ten miles from shore and only one man aboard made it ashore and survived.
Because his body was never recovered, he is listed on the Tablets of the Missing.
Foster received the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
He is also memorialized in Ellsworth Cemetery in Arkansas, alongside his parents.
Rufus Cornelius Foster (1875 - 1949)
Rachael Moore Foster (1878 - 1937)
Fred Foster (1912 - 1942)*
Samuel Fred Foster (1912 - 1942)
Note: Entered the service from Arkansas.
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot: Tablets of the Missing
Maintained by: dfr
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56775626
Paul Hyde Schott
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