|Birth: ||Feb. 8, 1917|
|Death: ||Jun. 3, 1942, Myanmar (Burma)|
The son of Mr and Mrs Owen McGurl. He graduated from Arlington High School and attended three years in college before enlisting. He was trained as a navigator and assigned to the 95th Bombardment Squadron of the 17th Bombardment Group.
On April 18, 1942 he participated in the Doolittle Raid, the first air raid by the United States to strike the Japanese Home Islands during World War II. His B-25 successfully bombed it targets in Tokyo and continued on to China where bad weather prevented them from finding their prearranged landing fields. The crew safely bailed out near Chuchow.
McGurl later served as the bombardier of a B-25C bomber assigned to the 11th Bombardment Squadron. On June 3, 1942 he took part in a flight of six B-25s from Dinjan, India to attack Lashio, Burma and then proceed over the Himalayas to a base in Kunming, China. The raid on Lashio was successful and the flight withdrew on course to Kunming at 10,000 feet in a thick overcast. Suddenly, McGurl's and two other planes crashed into the side of a mountain. The others barely missed hitting the ground after pulling up sharply.
McGurl was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart and the Chinese Army, Navy, and Air Corps Medal, Class A, 1st Grade. (bio by: dfr)
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot: Tablets of the Missing
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Record added: Aug 08, 2010
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