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SSgt Peter H Finck

SSgt Peter H Finck

Birth
Germany
Death 7 Jan 1944 (aged 21–22)
Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 56788064 · View Source
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Peter served as a Staff Sergeant & Gunner on B-24J #42-73449, 528th Bomber Squadron, 380th Bomber Group, Heavy, 5th Air Force, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Rockingham County, New Hampshire prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on June 3, 1941, prior to the war, in Manchester, New Hampshire. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Office Clerk and also as Single, without dependents.

Peter was declared "Missing In Action" when his B-24 did not return to base during World War II.

B-24J #42-73449 was on a mission from Darwin, Australia to photograph shipping at Manokwari, Dutch West Indies (West Papua, Indonesia). Forty minutes after leaving the target area, planes broke formation to enter a weather front, at about 14:00 hours.

B-24J #42-73449 was not seen or heard from again. A search box from Bentoni Bay in the west to Mois Waar to the east and southward on the aircraft's path back to Darwin was conducted. The missing craft was never located. It is unknown if it went down over land or into a bay.

Peter was awarded the Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart.

Service # 11023688

Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

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Airmen who perished on B-24J #42-73449:

Allen, Joseph T ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, Virginia
Carlson, Charles W ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, Iowa
Estes, Frederick J, Jr ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, Massachusetts
Finck, Peter H ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, New Hampshire
Gilmore, Raymond E ~ 1st Lt, Bombardier, Illinois
Guilfoyle, Thomas E ~ Sgt, Photographer, Massachusetts
Hastings, Franklin A ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, Oklahoma
Marshall, William A ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, California
Moshier, Francis L ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, New York
Robinson, Marvin H ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, Washington
Willer, Arthur N ~ S/Sgt, Asst. Engr., Ohio

Crew Report by:
Tim Cook & Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56788064
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSgt Peter H Finck (1922–7 Jan 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56788064, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .