SSGT Michael J Paz, Jr

SSGT Michael J Paz, Jr

Birth
Death 12 Apr 1943 (aged 20)
Papua New Guinea
Burial Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Plot A 302
Memorial ID 66059130 · View Source
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Thank you to Michael Zumalt for the following:

Michael Paz was born in New Jersey and died in Papua New Guinea. Michael was originally interred at the Ipswich USAF Cemetery in Brisbane, Australia. He was disinterred and moved to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific on Jan 4, 1949.

Michael was awarded the following awards for his service:

Silver Star with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart.

Michael J. Paz, Jr
S/Sgt, 5th Army Air Force, 43rd Bombardment Group, 64th Bombardment Squadron.
Killed in action at 7 Mile Drome, Central Province, Papua New Guinea on Monday, 12 April 1943 in the crash of the B-17E bomber, "Blues in the Night", Serial #41-9209.

Mission History
While taking off on a bombing mission from 7-Mile Drome at 1:48am, the tire and rim came off this B-17 on take off which might have punctured the bomber's hydraulic system. The aircraft cleared the runway but at about 200 yards after take off it caught on fire and crashed. The three 500 lb bombs aboard exploded and all on board were instantly killed. A dead wallaby was later found on the runway, but it is not known if this was the cause of the crash.

Crew Members killed in the crash.

Pilot Major Kenneth D. McCullar, O-393172 (KIA) Batesville, MS, Find A Grave #14665614

Crew 2nd Lt Byron G. Andrews, O-665265 (KIA) Washington, DC, Find A Grave #56114124

Crew 2nd Lt Blaine McCord Jr., O-733445 (KIA), Find A Grave #3607159

Crew 2nd Lt John W. Schultz Jr., O-662304 (KIA), Find A Grave #38732184

Crew T/Sgt Elmer R. Hansen, 16028554 (KIA) WI, Find A Grave #80382389

Crew S/Sgt Philip A. Zumwalt, 16019084 (KIA), Find A Grave #78835605

Crew Sgt Bert F. Bredemeier, 17038221 (KIA), Find A Grave #26588920

Crew Cpl George A. Mowad, 18089283 (KIA) TX, Find A Grave #3786288

Crew Pvt David W. Stuckey, 14068148 (KIA), Find A Grave #79212367

Crew S/Sgt Pierre R. O'Grady, 6146594 (KIA), Find A Grave #108567381

Crew S/Sgt Michael J. Paz Jr., 7021462 (KIA) NJ, Find A Grave #66059130

Crashed April 12, 1943 at 01:48

Information from PacificWrecks.Com.


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  • Created by: Jeff Hall
  • Added: 23 Feb 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 66059130
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSGT Michael J Paz, Jr (25 Nov 1922–12 Apr 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 66059130, citing National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Jeff Hall (contributor 47296194) .