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Sgt Melvin E Berkey

Sgt Melvin E Berkey

Death 5 Sep 1945 (aged 28)
Burial Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Plot Section F, Site 1169
Memorial ID 56115312 · View Source
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Sergeant aboard U.S. Army Air Corps B-29B-60-BA
Superfortress #44-84077. Killed in a crash at North Field, Guam. Nine other
servicemembers also perished.

1st Lt. George R Hutchison

1st Lt. Lester R Nahouse

Capt. Lewis D Town

Capt. James O. Clark

Sgt Thomas C. Passarello Flight Engineer

2nd Lt. William E Bradley

2nd Lt. Carl W. Strait

2nd Lt. Robert H. Yost

Sgt. Leonard V Steveson

On the 2 September 1945 official VJ Day – The surrender of the Empire of Japan brought the hostilities of World War II to a close. Because Aircraft Commander First Lieutenant George R. Hutchinson's B29 was in for repair he and some of his crew joined Captain Lewis D. Town (P) and Capt. James O. Clark and Sgt Thomas Passarello (FE) on their B29 on a mercy mission to Osaka with supplies for US POW's, the 16th Bomb Group lost 9 of its members in an aircraft accident that day (and one 3 days later). A few hours after takeoff, Aircraft Commander First Lieutenant George R. Hutchinson's crew contacted the tower at Northwest Field and reported mechanical difficulties with their aircraft. Capt Clark and Capt Town (CP)P), returned to base to land. After circling the field for a few hours to burn off fuel, the crew prepared for landing. Finally, it came in for what at first seemed to be a normal landing, but at the last moment, it swerved, hit a wingtip on a tree, and burst into flames. The only members of the crew saved were the 3 gunners, the aircraft broke into two parts, and they were able to get out of the tail section. Sergeant Davis R. Flynt, Jr. and Corporal James A. Humbird, and Sgt Melvin E Berkey (he lived 3 days after crash but died 5 Sep 1945 from injuries received in the crash). KIA in the crash was 1st Lt. George R Hutchison (AC), Capt. James O. Clark(P) and Captain Lewis D. Town (P), Sgt Thomas C. Passarello (FE), 1Lt Lester R Nahouse (Nav), 2nd Lt. William E Bradley, 2nd Lt. Carl W. Strait, 2nd Lt. Robert H. Yost, Sgt. Leonard V Steveson. The men of the 16th paid their respects to their deceased comrades during a funeral held the following day in the group's briefing room. Later, the deceased members were buried in a temporary Marine Corps cemetery south of Agana Guam. Later, disinterred in 1949 and returned to US and laid to rest in their final resting place, six in national cemeteries and four in private cemeteries per next of kin request.

Gravesite Details Internment National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific 3/18/1949 from Gaum





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  • Find A Grave Memorial 56115312
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Melvin E Berkey (4 Jul 1917–5 Sep 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56115312, citing National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Tim Cook (contributor 46481904) .