LtCol Everett C Plummer

LtCol Everett C Plummer

Birth
Hightstown, Mercer County, New Jersey, USA
Death 9 Dec 1943 (aged 38)
Rangoon, Yangon Region, Myanmar
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot Tablets of the Missing
Memorial ID 56790428 · View Source
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On December 1, 1943 Plummer was the co-pilot of B-24J #42-73159, nicknamed 'Tough Baba', serving with the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 493rd Bombardment Squadron. They were part of a formation of B-24s on a bombing mission to Insein, Burma, near Rangoon. Fierce enemy opposition of anti-aircraft fire and fighter planes was encountered. Before reaching the target the plane was hit by A-A and the right wing was smoking badly as the ship dropped and slid off in a banking turn to the right. Between eight and ten enemy fighters began attacking the disabled ship. The plane dropped about 3000-6000 feet before bursting into flames and exploding.

Only Plummer survived the disintegrating plane, but he died sometime afterwards. It is unclear if the was captured by the Japanese, died of wounds or was executed. He received the Silver Star and the Purple Heart. His wife was Josephine S Plummer.

Because his body was not recovered, he is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing.

On May 17, 1946 a C-47B cargo plane took off from Rangoon carrying the remains of Plummer and approximately forty other service men who died as prisoners of war. They were to be returned to the United States, however the plane crashed in a storm in India, killing the three man crew as well as the eight passengers from the American Graves Registration Service. The wreckage was discovered by Clayton Kuhles in 2009, and efforts are being made to return the remains to the US.


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Gravesite Details Entered the service from New Jersey.

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  • Maintained by: dfr
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56790428
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for LtCol Everett C Plummer (22 Mar 1905–9 Dec 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56790428, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by dfr (contributor 47109209) .