2LT Irving Schechner

2LT Irving Schechner

New York, USA
Death 3 Dec 1943 (aged 28)
New Ireland, Papua New Guinea
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot SECTION 60 SITE 8770
Memorial ID 43598379 · View Source
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Having actually gone "Missing In Action" on the above date, He was not officially declared by the military as being dead until January 20, 1946 as shown on his headstone.

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Irving's remains, along with the remains of his entire crew, were recovered & identified in 2008. He was interred here at the Arlington National Cemetery on August 27, 2008.

His official status was then changed to "Killed In Action"

His name was first inscribed on the Tablet's Of The Missing at the Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines.

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

For his record at the Manila American Cemetery please " Click Here ".

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Irving served as a Second Lieutenant & Bombardier on B-24D "The Swan" (#42-40475), 63rd Bomber Squadron, 43rd Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

He resided in Kings County, New York prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on March 5, 1941, prior to the war, in Jamaica, New York. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Manager and also as Single, without dependents.

Irving was originally declared "Missing In Action" when his crew, while on a armed reconnaissance mission over the Bismarck Sea, did not return to base.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-673737

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Airmen who perished on
B-24D "The Swan" (#42-40475):

(Below links are for Arlington National Cemetery records)

Caruso, Albert J ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, NJ
Cassidy, Kenneth L ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, MA
Coleman, Robert L ~ Capt, Pilot, DE
Frank, Robert E ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, NJ
Fraser, William L ~ T/Sgt, Gunner, MO
Miecias, Paul ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, NJ
Morgan, Robert C ~ T/Sgt, Gunner, MI
Schechner, Irving ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, NY
Thompson, Joseph ~ Pvt, Gunner, CA
Wallinder, George E ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, NY
Ward, Ronald F ~ 2nd Lt, Observer, MA

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

Special thanks to:
ShaneO for submitting this record for bio updates!




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  • Created by: ShaneO
  • Added: 27 Oct 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 43598379
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2LT Irving Schechner (7 Oct 1915–3 Dec 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 43598379, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by ShaneO (contributor 47009366) .