Capt Lew J Carnegie

Capt Lew J Carnegie

Missouri, USA
Death 7 Mar 1946 (aged 27)
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
Memorial ID 56778717 · View Source
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Captain Lew James Carnegie was the son of Homer Clifton Carnagey and Carrie Fite Carnagey. He, his parents, two sisters, and brother Pierre lived in the Kansas City area most of his life. His paternal grandparents; James W. Carnagey and Amanda Carnagey lived in nearby Belton, Missouri.

Lew and his family continued to live in Kansas City until the late 1930's. Sometime around 1940, however, his father moved most, if not all, of the family to Tarrytown, New York. Tarrytown was just thirty miles from Queens, New York, where Lew's uncle, Dale Carnegie, author of the best-selling 1936 book "How to Win Friends and Influence People" was living. Dale Carnegie had previously offered jobs to family members and may have offered a job to his brother Homer.

After graduating from Paseo High School in Kansas City, both Lew and his brother Pierre attended the University of Southern California for a time. Lew's name later appears in the Northwestern University yearbook in 1940, however, as a member of that graduating class, listing his home as Belton, Missouri. With war already raging in Europe and elsewhere, however, both brothers would soon be in the military.

On February 14, 1940, Pierre entered the service from New York, going into flight training soon after enlisting in the Marines. Lew may have entered the service somewhat later. When he married Lucile Agnes Parkins in Jackson County, Missouri, on June 29, 1941, for example, he gave his home as Tarrytown, New York, not a military address. The time in between is foggy but by October 13, 1944, Captain Lew Carnegie was piloting a plane in what newspaper reports of the time said was his first mission, a rescue mission, in New Guinea. The reports are unclear but it seems unlikely that this was actually Captain Carnegie's first mission; rather it may have been his first mission in New Guinea or perhaps his first mission in command as the pilot. Regardless, Captain Carnegie never returned from that mission.

Captain Lew Carnegie was reported missing in October of 1944 and declared dead in 1946. His brother Major Pierre Carnagey had been reported missing several months earlier after a mission in December, 1943, while serving as executive officer of VMF-214, the famed Black Sheep Squadron. Major Carnagey also was declared dead in 1946.

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Note about spelling of last name: Lew apparently changed the spelling of the family name from Carnagey to Carnegie, probably in imitation of his famous uncle.

Unit, Mission, and Crew. Thanks to Tim Cook and for the following information, the final authority of which is MACR 13530. "Assigned to the 5276th Rescue Group (5276th BG), 3rd Rescue Squadron (3rd RS) ... The crew took off from Blak Island on a flight bound for Helen Island to locate life rafts.This Catalina was never seen again and the entire crew was declared Missing In Action (MIA)."

List of crew members of OA-10 Catalina
Serial Number 44-33889:

Pilot Captain Lew J. Carnegie
Crew 1st Lt. Chester E. Grimm
Crew 2Lt Benjamin Crump, III
Crew TSgt Byrd Ashburn
Crew Sgt Harry M Maxwell, Jr
Crew SSgt Michael Raznoff
Crew SSgt Carey A Proctor
Crew T/Sgt Donald D. J. Lauricella
Crew Ens Thomas Francis White

Gravesite Details Entered the service from Missouri.


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  • Maintained by: Belton Remembers
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56778717
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Lew J Carnegie (21 Jan 1919–7 Mar 1946), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56778717, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Belton Remembers (contributor 48220762) .