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2Lt Rolland J Luce, Jr

2Lt Rolland J Luce, Jr

Birth
New York, USA
Death 6 Aug 1945 (aged 21–22)
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 56752667 · 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 August 7, 1946, 1 year and 1 day after he went missing as was the custom.

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Rolland served as a Second Lieutenant & Co-Pilot on B-24J "Poco Moco" #44-49451, 375th Bomber Squadron, 308th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

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

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on February 26, 1943 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in miscellaneous occupations and also as Single, without dependents.

B-24J #44-49451 took off, with a crew of 6, from Hsinching Airfield, Szechuan Province, China on a routine fuel haul mission to Rupsi, India. They were last contacted by radio reporting they were over Shingbwiyang, Burma. They never arrived in India.

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

He was previously awarded the "Distinguished Flying Cross" and Air Medal.

Service # O2268131

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Airmen who perished on B-24 #44-49451:

Ferguson, David R ~ Sgt, Gunner, MA
Luce, Rolland J, Jr ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, NY
Ringler, Ray A ~ FO, Navigator, PA
Shirley, James B ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, GA
Sturtevant, Franklin D ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, ME
Whiteman, Charles E ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, CO

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56752667
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2Lt Rolland J Luce, Jr (1923–6 Aug 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56752667, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .