Lieut Earl R. Stone III

Lieut Earl R. Stone III

Birth
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death 24 Mar 1942 (aged 23)
Bataan Province, Central Luzon, Philippines
Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot GM, Memorial Terrace, Columbarium of Memory, Lot 0, Space 20351
Memorial ID 149976304 · View Source
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Earl Reynolds Stone, III was the eldest of two sons born to Cassa Mary Bell and Earl Reynolds Stone, II. He was inducted into the U.S. Army at Fort MacArthur, San Pedro, California, and immediately signed up for the U.S. Army Air Corps Cadet program. Upon graduation, 2nd Lieutenant Stone (Serial # O-390872) U.S. Army Air Corps, was posted to the 17th Pursuit Squadron, 24th Pursuit Group, which was assigned to the defense of the Philippines in the early part of World War II. Then, on February 9, 1942, Earl was piloting one of six U.S. Army Air Force Curtiss P-40 "Warhawk"s sent to recon the Japanese enemy invasion force. Taking off from Bataan Field at 1:00pm, Lt. Stone was the wingman for flight leader 1Lt. Ben S. Brown, with the mission to escort a Stearman biplane which was piloted by Jesús A. Villamor, who was taking photos over the Ternate area from 17,000'. Both the P-40s were to fly above as top cover. They were spotted by a Ki-46 Dinah, and six Ki-27 Nates intercepted the formation over the Bataan peninsula and a dogfight ensued between the Ki-27 Nates and the two escorting P-40s. During this aerial combat, Lt. Stone pursued a single a Japanese Nakajima Ki-27 "Nate" fighter plane, flown by Sgt. Kurosawa, of the Imperial Japanese Army Air Service. As a result of that dogfight, both aircraft crashed near Cogon Tarak Ridge, on Mt. Mariveles Volcano, Bataan, Philippines. Both their respective remains were listed as unrecovered, whereabouts unknown, until the wreckage of the two aircraft were discovered in 2006, through the mutual efforts of a Vietnam War, U.S. Air Force pilot, Major Spike Nasmyth, Ret. (a former POW in Hanoi for 7 years). Nasmyth coordinated a search on behalf of the Stone family, at the direct request of Earl's brother, Wescott Stone (a WW2 B-24 Pilot), for help in locating and repatriating his brother's body. Nasmyth, living in the Philippines, agreed to help and enlisted the assistance of some Philippino's who thought they could locate the crash site. Shortly thereafter, wreckage was located which turned out to be from the Japanese Nakajima Ki-27 fighter plane. Nasmyth, shared this information with the Department of Human Welfare in Japan. This organization sprung into action, and immediately sent a team to the crash site and recovered the remnants of the Japanese aircraft. Sadly the U.S. government agency (JPAC) responsible for recovering U.S. service personnel, who had previously provided absolutely no assistance in locating the crash site or body, failed to make ANY efforts to recover Earl's body once his aircraft was discovered approximately 100 yards away. Nonetheless, with no help from JPAC, the family continues to work toward the final return of Earl's remains so that he may finally come to rest along side of his parents, in the family niche, with a plaque adorned with Earl's pilots wings, listing all their names together once again. (bio by Jay Lance)

NOTE: The actual date of death should be February 9, 1942. Date listed is the formal military declared date of death.


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1918 - 1942
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Lt. Earl Reynolds III
Lost in Combat - Bataan

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  • Created by: Jay Lance
  • Added: 29 Jul 2015
  • Find a Grave Memorial 149976304
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut Earl R. Stone III (15 Oct 1918–24 Mar 1942), Find a Grave Memorial no. 149976304, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Jay Lance (contributor 46609422) .