1Lt Frank Johnson Washburn


1Lt Frank Johnson Washburn

Belfast, Waldo County, Maine, USA
Death 20 Jan 1944 (aged 27)
Marshall Islands
Memorial Site* Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA

* A structure erected in honor of someone whose remains lie elsewhere.

Plot Courts of the Missing: Court 5
Memorial ID 56134803 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 January 24, 1946.

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Frank served as a First Lieutenant & Bombardier on B-24D "Sexy Sue" (#41-23938), 98th Bomber Squadron, 11th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Piscataquis County, Maine prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on November 5, 1941, prior to the war, in Portland, Maine. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in a Professional Occupation and also as Single, without dependents.

The crew of B-24 "Sexy Sue" took off from their base on the Tarawa Airfield on a night mission to bomb the Wotje Atoll area of the Marshall Islands. They did not return to base.

Frank was declared "Missing In Action" on this mission.

He was awarded the Air Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster and the Purple Heart with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster.

Service # O-731433

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Airmen who perished on B-24D #41-23938:

Belfiore, Sam A ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, NE
Estes, Orvel E ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, TX
Gurzenda, Eugene J ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, PA
Hibbert, Alan ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, RI
Hopkins, Charles E ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, WI
Llewellyn, Lorian A ~ T/Sgt, Engineer/Gunner, MN
Muncy, John K ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, AR
Rowe, William P, Jr ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, CA
Washburn, Frank J ~ 1st Lt, Bombardier, ME

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


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