SSgt Ralph E Samuelson

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SSgt Ralph E Samuelson

Illinois, USA
Death 6 Feb 1944 (aged 33–34)
At Sea
Memorial Site* Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines

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Ralph served as a Staff Sergeant & Radio Operator on B-25D #42-87286, 17th Squadron, 71st Reconnaissance Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Cook County, Illinois prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on March 17, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Driver and also as Single, without dependents.

B-25D #42-87286 took off, with a crew of 6 and two other B-25's, from Finschafen Airfield, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea on a Reconnaissance mission over Bunabun Harbor, Madang Province, Papua New Guinea.

Over the target area they were hit by ground anti-aircraft fire and were seen to explode and crash into Bunabun Harbor. The entire crew was lost.

Ralph was declared "Missing In Action" in this crash during the war.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # 36395103

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Airmen who perished on B-25D #42-87286:

Brown, Lon F ~ Capt, Pilot, SD
Harburg, Frederic E ~ Capt, Navigator, CO
Maggio, Michael R ~ Sgt, Gunner, NJ
Samuelson, Ralph E ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, IL
Sproules, Joseph T ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, CA
Wilkinson, Sterling E ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, UT

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )



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  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56771445
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for SSgt Ralph E Samuelson (1910–6 Feb 1944), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56771445, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .