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SGT Marvin Berkowitz

SGT Marvin Berkowitz

Death 26 Mar 1943 (aged 22)
At Sea
Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot Tablets of the missing
Memorial ID 54237435 · View Source
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Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until November 19, 1945.

Body lost at sea
Specifically: Near Torres Strait Islands

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Marvin served as a Sergeant & Crew Member on B-17F "Pluto" #41-24384, Headquarters, V Bomber Command, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

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

B-17F #41-24384 took off from 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby on a reconnaissance / administrative flight to Merauke and Horn Island, then was scheduled to return to 7-Mile Drome. After a radio check Twenty minutes after take off this B-17 was never heard from again.

Marvin was declared "Missing In Action" on this mission during the war.

He was awarded the "Silver Star with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster" and the Purple Heart.

Service # 6979447

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Those who perished on B-17F #41-24384:

The records and the MACR are unclear as to what each Airman's assignment was on the B-17. The MACR lists Gen Ramey & LtCol Chaffin as the Pilot & Co-Pilot however that might have only been done because they were the ranking members of the flight.

There also was only one passenger on the flight and that was LCdr Mannoccir.

Berkowitz, Marvin ~ Sgt, NY
Chaffin, Harold N ~ LCol, Co-Pilot, AR
Collier, James D, Jr ~ M/Sgt, LA
Griffin, James R ~ Capt, TX
Hopfield, George T ~ Pfc, OH
Johnson, Harry A ~ S/Sgt, NY
Lief, William ~ 1st Lt, NY
Loewenberg, Stanley A ~ Capt, NY
Mannoccir, Ferdinand D, II ~ LCDR, Passenger, CA
Quaal, Ortis L ~ T/Sgt, SD
Ramey, Howard K ~ Brig Gen, Pilot, MS
Stith, Robert R ~ S/Sgt, OK

Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett

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




  • Created by: ShaneO
  • Added: 28 Jun 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 54237435
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for SGT Marvin Berkowitz (9 Jan 1921–26 Mar 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 54237435, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by ShaneO (contributor 47009366) .