2LT Morris Righthand

2LT Morris Righthand

New York, USA
Death 5 May 1944 (aged 28)
Hawaii, USA
Burial Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Plot C 1322
Memorial ID 116028301 · View Source
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Morris served as a Second Lieutenant & Engineer on B-24J #44-40332, 421st Base Unit, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

This B-24 was new and had recently been flown to Hickman Field from the U.S. for eventual deployment. This flight the crew was on was going to Australia for assignment within the 5th Air Force.

He resided in Carbon County, Pennsylvania prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on January 16, 1943 at the San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center, Texas. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Jeweler and also as Married.

Morris died in the "Line Of Duty" when his B-24, soon after take off, only six miles away the bomber failed to make a turn (other sources report a fuel problem) causing the B-24 to crash into Puu Nau ridge near Aiea in Hawaii during the war. The entire crew lost their lives on this flight.

He was originally interred in Schofield Barrack's and was later re-interred here on February 4, 1949.

At the families request, his state of birth was added to his headstone (New York) instead of his state of residence (Pennsylvania).

Service # O-704314


Airmen who perished on B-24J #44-40332:

Campos, Manuel F ~ Corp, Gunner, California
Carlucci, Joseph J ~ Corp, Gunner, New York
Dowd, Jack J ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, Michigan
Kimble, Wayne R ~ 2nd Lt, Pilot, West Virginia
Means, James H ~ Sgt, Gunner, Mississippi
Mueller, Charles E ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, Michigan
Norman, Marion F ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, Michigan
Righthand, Morris ~ 2nd Lt, Engineer, Pennsylvania
Somsel, William E, Jr ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, Pennsylvania
Weiss, Gerald L ~ Corp, Gunner, Wisconsin

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )


Thanks to contributor Sherry SH (#48127093) for the following:

Memorial Inscription at the Aiea Loop Trail head Near Hickam AFB Hawaii:

Along this trail are the remains of a B-24J Liberator Bomber. In the early morning of May 5 1944 2 LT Kimble and crew departed Hickam Field on a replacement mission enroute to the 5th AF. Six miles after take-off, failing to make a turn, they crashed into the Pu'u Uau Ridge Ko'olau Range. All ten aviators perished serving their country.

2 LT W R Kimble
2 LT C E Mueller
S SGT L J J Dowd
2 LT W E Somsel
Sgt J H Means
CPL M F Weiss
CPL M F Campos
2 LT M Righthand
S SGT M F Norman
CPL J J Carlucci


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  • Created by: Jeff Hall
  • Added: 25 Aug 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 116028301
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2LT Morris Righthand (8 Mar 1916–5 May 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 116028301, citing National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Jeff Hall (contributor 47296194) .