1LT Samuel Tilden Cleveland Jr.


1LT Samuel Tilden Cleveland Jr.

Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 10 May 1942 (aged 24)
At Sea
Memorial Site* Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines

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

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Prior to the war, Samuel attended Washington & Lee University where he was president of the Virginia Epsilon chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon (SigEp) Fraternity, and a member of the Class of 1939.

At one point prior to WWII, he resided in Queens County, NY.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on July 7, 1941, prior to the war, at Fort Hayes, Columbus, Ohio. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Retail manager and also as Single, without dependents.

Samuel served as a bombardier on B-26 #40-1402 assigned to the 2nd Bomber Squadron, 22nd Bomber Group (Medium).

B-26 #40-1402 took off, with a crew of 7, from Port Moresby, National Capital District, Papua New Guinea on a bombing and strafing mission over a Japanese base near Deboyne Island, Miline Bay Province, Papua New Guinea.

Over the target they were possibly shot down by ground anti-aircraft fire and crashed into the sea near Deboyne Island.

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

Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until December 4, 1945.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-432967

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Airmen who perished on B-26 #40-1402:

Cleveland, Samuel T ~ 1st Lt, Bombardier, NY
Domville, Thomas C ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, IL
Evans, John W ~ Sgt, Gunner, PA
Knauer, Herman E ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, MO
Ostroff, Frank ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, PA
Royall, Richard R, Jr ~ Capt, Pilot, TX
Zajewski, Stanley A ~ Corp, Radio Operator, PA

(Crew information & parts of this bio were written by: Russ Pickett )


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