TSgt Roy L Erwin

Missouri, USA
Death 2 Sep 1944 (aged 23–24)
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
Memorial ID 56779010 · View Source
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He was the son of Buell Douglas and Elizabeth Ethel Paden Erwin. He was their only son. He was born and raised in Missouri, where he completed high school. He was one of 2 children born to Buell and Elizabeth. His older brother was Frank. He married Phyllis Elaine Emerson on 26 Dec 1941 in Bangor, Maine.

He enlisted in the US Army Air Corp on 11 Oct 1940 in Jefferson County, Missouri. His term of enlistment was for the Philippine War Department. After his initial basic training, he was eventually assigned to the 64th Bomber Squadron, 43rd Bomber Group. He was serving as a crewmember on board a B-25H-1 Mitchell, SN #43-4341 assigned to the 5th USAAF that crashed into the sea on 2 Sep 1944 .

According to casualty reports, the B-25 Mitchell, took off from 7-Mile Drome at approximately 7:21a.m. For reasons unknown it crashed into the sea in the vicinity of Redscar Head. An A-20 pilot, 2nd Lt. Ben Byrd observed an oil slick on the water, two unoccupied life rafts and a wheel from the plane while over Redscar Head. The cause of the accident is unknown. Villagers from Lea-Lea observed aircraft flying low, a propeller and wing hit the water, and then the aircraft exploded.

The entire crew was declared missing in action-presumed dead on the day of the mission. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for TSgt Roy L Erwin (1920–2 Sep 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56779010, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .