2Lt Dwane E Lape

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2Lt Dwane E Lape

Birth
Washington, USA
Death 24 Oct 1944 (aged 21–22)
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 56783712 · 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 March 15, 1946

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Son of Edward G. Lape who resided in Washington.

Dwane served as a Second Lieutenant & Co-Pilot on B-24J #44-40947, 72nd Bomber Squadron, 5th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Benton County, Washington prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on March 16, 1943 in Santa Ana, California. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Salesperson and also as Single, without dependents.

B-24J #44-40947 took off from Pitu Airfield (APO 719) on Morotai, North Maluku Province, Indonesia on an armed search for enemy shipping off Borneo. After take off, nothing was ever heard from the bomber again. It is unknown if this B-24 was lost due to bad weather, mechanical failure or enemy action.

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

He was awarded the Air Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-764350

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Airmen who perished on B-24J #44-40947:

Albert, William A, Jr ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, WA
Bailes, Keith C ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, TX
Faust, George H ~ Pvt, Photographer, PA
Holland, Calvin S ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, TX
Ivey, Josie W ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, FL
Lape, Dwane E ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, WA
McLaughlin, Warren F ~ Sgt, Gunner, MI
Palmer, Donald N ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, NY
Runde, Kenneth P ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, NY
Schow, Mason R ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, NY
Worley, Charles D ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, OH

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56783712
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2Lt Dwane E Lape (1922–24 Oct 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56783712, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .