Capt Frank Leonard Christen

Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois, USA
Death 17 Dec 1943 (aged 24)
Solomon Islands
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
Memorial ID 56769863 · View Source
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Member of VMSB-132, part of the Cactus Air Force operating out of Guadalcanal.

On 16 December 1942, Lieutenant Christen and his section leader attacked a Japanese ship off Munda, New Georgia, in the Solomon Islands. Christen dropped flares to light up the ship, and his section leader scored a hit. Christen then made his own attack run, and was not seen again.Both Christen and his gunner, PFC Glenn Shattuck, were declared MIA on the day of the mission, and dead as of 17 December 1943.Japanese records reveal that Frank Christen survived the crash of his aircraft, was captured and interrogated at Rabaul, and presumably executed at an unknown date.He was awarded the Purple Heart and a posthumous Distinguished Flying Cross for dropping his flares on 16 December 1942.

Gravesite Details Entered the service from Illinois.



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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Frank Leonard Christen (14 Jan 1919–17 Dec 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56769863, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .