SSgt Daniel L Cross


SSgt Daniel L Cross

Bombay, Franklin County, New York, USA
Death 4 Aug 1942 (aged 22)
Memorial Site* Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines

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

Plot Final resting place unknown. Name listed on the Tablets of the Missing.
Memorial ID 56751480 View Source
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-17E Flying Fortress Serial Number 41-9218

11th BG
26th BS
Pilot Lt. Rush E. McDonald, O-417028 (MIA / KIA) TN
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. John J. Heard, Jr., O-433843 (MIA / KIA) TX
Bombardier Cpl Joseph H. Wood, 6932097 (MIA / KIA) KS
Navigator 2nd Lt. Homer W. Vail, O-433013 (MIA / KIA) MN
Engineer Sgt William L. Hammack, 6983892 (MIA / KIA) IN
Asst Engineer Sgt Richard C. Inman, 6933768 (MIA / KIA) NB
Radio Cpl Leroy Payne, 6923702 (MIA / KIA) AL
Gunner SSgt James E. Briggs, 6151603 (MIA / KIA) MA
Gunner SSgt Daniel L. Cross, 6977309 (MIA / KIA) NY
Crashed August 4, 1942
MACR 16119

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Assigned to the 11th Bombardment Group, 26th
Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
Took off Espiritu Santo on a bombing mission against Tulagi. Over the target,
attacked by seven A6M2-N Rufe of the Yokohama Kôkûtai. B-17 gunners claimed one
shot down another damaged and on fire collided with this bomber over Sealark
Channel. Both aircraft crashed into the sea with no survivors. This B-17 was the
first aerial combat casualty of the Guadalcanal air campaign.

Officially declared dead the day of the mission. The entire crew is memorialized
on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

He has another stone erected in the family lot at Hillside Rest Cemetery Bombay, New York.


In their memory
Plant Memorial Trees


  • Maintained by: Loren Bender
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56751480
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for SSgt Daniel L Cross (24 Jan 1920–4 Aug 1942), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56751480, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Loren Bender (contributor 47060026) .