2Lt Wade Westfall

2Lt Wade Westfall

Birth
Death 29 Mar 1944
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 56791816 · 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 January 27, 1946.

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Son of Burleigh Westfall who resided in Portland, Oregon.

Wade served as a Second Lieutenant & Co-Pilot on B-25D #41-30040, 498th Bomber Squadron, 345th Bomber Group, Medium, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Portland, Oregon prior to the war.

B-25D #41-30040 took off, with a crew of 7 & other B-25's, from Nadzab Airfield, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea on a bombing mission over Dagua Airfield, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea.

After a bombing run they were seen entering a cloud and were not seen nor heard from again. The entire crew was lost.

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

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-747932

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Airmen who perished on B-25D #41-30040:

Beattie, James J ~ S/Sgt, Photographer, CT
Branstad, William T ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, IA
Diedrichs, Orville H ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, CA
Foley, Bernard L ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, KY
Hochadel, Richard A ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, PA
Monteith, Leon ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, PA
Westfall, Wade ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, OR

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56791816
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2Lt Wade Westfall (unknown–29 Mar 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56791816, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .