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2LT Andrew V Bobal

Birth
New Jersey, USA
Death 28 Jan 1944 (aged 27)
East New Britain, Papua New Guinea
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 187664961 · View Source
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His remains have been recovered and he is now interred in the Jefferson Barrack's National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri.

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A "Rosette" was placed in front of his name here at Manila to signify that his remains were recovered.


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Andrew served as a Second Lieutenant & Bombardier on B-25C #42-32291, 70th Bomber Squadron, 42nd Bomber Group, Medium, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Hudson County, New Jersey & was a member of the New Jersey National Guard prior to the war.

His National Guard unit was called into full time active Army service on September 16, 1940, prior to the war, from Newark, New Jersey. He was noted, at that time, as being employed as a Cabinetmaker and also as Single, without dependents.

B-25C #42-32291, while on a Bomb-Strafe mission over Tobera Airfield, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea was hit by ground anti-aircraft fire and crashed near Tobera. A witness noted that they thought the pilot himself had been hit causing the crash.

Andrew was first declared "Missing In Action" and once his remains were recovered after the war his status was changed to "Killed In Action".

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # O-672553

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Airmen who perished on B-25C #42-32291:

Bobal, Andrew V ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, PA
Dintaman, Charles D ~ Sgt, Gunner, DC
Freeman, Benton ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, IL
Gilliland, Leslie D ~ FO, Pilot, KS
Goldsmith, James A ~ Sgt, Engineer, NY
Stephens, Marion O ~ FO, Co-Pilot, MO

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Maintained by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Originally Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 28 Feb 2018
  • Find A Grave Memorial 187664961
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2LT Andrew V Bobal (5 May 1916–28 Jan 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 187664961, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .