CPL Joseph J Carlucci

CPL Joseph J Carlucci

Death 5 May 1944 (aged 20)
Hawaii, USA
Burial Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Memorial ID 3771109 · View Source
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Joseph served as a Corporal & Gunner 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 Port Chester, Westchester County, New York prior to the war.

Joseph 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 January 31, 1949.

Service # 32726269


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 )



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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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 3 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3771109
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for CPL Joseph J Carlucci (10 Dec 1923–5 May 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3771109, citing National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .