1LT Donald L Stookey

1LT Donald L Stookey

Birth
Rochester, Fulton County, Indiana, USA
Death 5 Mar 1944 (aged 27)
Burial Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Plot SECTION 78 SITE 930-934
Memorial ID 41263568 · View Source
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Pilot of B-25D Mitchell #41-30561.

Took off from an airfield near Port Moresby
on October 16, 1943, to attack the Japanese
at Wewak, Papua New Guinea. Was shot down
by anti-aircraft fire over the target area
and subsequently ditched three miles offshore
from Cape Moem. The aircraft stayed afloat
for 90 seconds, allowing the crew to escape.

Life rafts were dropped by other circling
American aircraft. Following, the five-man
crew were picked up by the Japanese Navy.

The three enlisted men were executed,
possibly on Kairiru Island where they were
bayoneted to death or beheaded at St. John's
Mission.

Lieutenant Stookey and Evans were taken to
Rabaul and detained as prisoners.

On March 3/4, 1944, both were executed at
Tunnel Hill or otherwise died or killed.

The remains of the enlisted men were not
recovered. They were officially declared
dead on January 22, 1946 and their names are
engraved on the Tablets of the Missing at
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial.
Stookey's and Evans' remains were cremated
and interred on March 21, 1950 at Jefferson
Barracks along with 19 other service members
who had died while in captivity.

The crew:

2nd Lt. Herschel D Evans, Co-Pilot
SSgt. Max Gersein, Radio Operator
SSgt. Thomas H Laird, Gunner
SSgt. Ernest S Roberts, Engineer

Information from PacificWrecks



Inscription

1LT, 500 AAF BOMB SQ, 345 BOMB GP WORLD WAR II


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  • Created by: ShaneO
  • Added: 28 Aug 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 41263568
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT Donald L Stookey (3 May 1916–5 Mar 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 41263568, citing Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by ShaneO (contributor 47009366) .