1LT Dean W Gordon

1LT Dean W Gordon

Birth
Death 17 Jul 1945 (aged 21)
Philippines
Burial Maxwell, Lincoln County, Nebraska, USA
Plot R, 0, 3
Military First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Force
Memorial ID 710246 · View Source
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Dean served as a First Lieutenant & Pilot on C-46D #44-77767, 63rd Squadron, 403rd Troop Carrier Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Pierce County, Wisconsin prior to the war.

Dean was promoted to First Lieutenant on February 11, 1945.

C-46D #44-77767 was transporting mail from Palawan Island to Nichols Field, Luzon, Philippines. They crashed into the east side of the highest peak at Del Monte Point, northwestern Mindoro Island. The entire crew of 6 and 2 passengers were lost on this mission.

Dean was "Killed In Action" in the "Line Of Duty" in this crash during the war.

He was originally interred overseas and was later repatriated here on November 9, 1949.

Service # O-769423

The reason he is named on a group headstone is because when soldiers & sailors were killed in close proximity to each other they were unable, at that time, to identify them separately and interred their remains together in one grave.

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Airmen who perished on C-46D #44-77767:

Beasley, Robert E ~ S/Sgt, Crew Chief, MO
Gordon, Dean W ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, WI
Kaplan, Casimir J ~ Sgt, Radio Operator, NJ
Latham, Leslie H ~ FO, Co-Pilot, CA
Meitner, Harvey E ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, WI
Seebon, Edward L ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, OH
Tang, Don C ~ Corp, Passenger, AZ
Tyler, Paul J ~ T/Sgt, Passenger, OR

Corp. Tang served as a mail clerk on this mission. The reason there are 2 Co-Pilot's is more than likely because FO Latham, still ranked as a Flight Officer, was apparently still in training which was being provided by 2nd Lt. Meitner.

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Imported from: US Veteran's Affairs
  • Added: 25 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 710246
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT Dean W Gordon (30 Jan 1924–17 Jul 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 710246, citing Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Lincoln County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by US Veterans Affairs Office (contributor 5) .