Memorial Day is the special annual day of remembrance in the United States for all the men and women who died in service to our country with the Armed Forces. We owe them our sincere thanks for giving their all for the freedom and liberty we are able to enjoy today.

This Memorial Day, we remember all the 11 Airmen of the 123d Observation Squadron / 35th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron lost in service during World War II. By name, and with available information, they are:

Asteriou, Hillie N., 1st Lt., 35th PRS. Killed 15 Sep 1945 during a routine flight at Shuangliu, China.

Behrens, Estal W., 1st Lt., 35th PRS. Killed 2 Feb 1945 during a photo recon mission flying F-5E serial number 43-28583. He is buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, at Plot O, Grave 16.

Grave of 1st Lt. Estal W. Behrens (Courtesy Find a Grave)

Grave of 1st Lt. Estal W. Behrens at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Courtesy Find a Grave)

 

Berringer, Merroll J., 1st Lt., 35th PRS. MIA 21 Nov 1944 during a photo recon mission flying F-5E-2 serial number 44-23237 from Flight “H” at Suichuan (MACR 10095). He is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Republic of the Philippines. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Deen, III,,William W., Capt., 35th PRS. MIA, later determined he was killed 1 Aug 1945 flying F-5E-2 serial number 43-28301 during an administrative flight between Nanning and Chanyi (MACR 14849). He is buried at the Austin Memorial Park Cemetery, Austin, Texas, at Plot: 1-365-5.

Grave of Capt. William W. Deen, III., at the Austin Cemetery (Courtesy Find a Grave)

Grave of Capt. William W. Deen, III., at the Austin Memorial Park Cemetery (Courtesy Find a Grave)

French, Phillip L., 1st Lt., 35th PRS. MIA 31 Aug 1945 during an administrative flight flying F-5E-2 serial number 43-28397 between Chanyi and Chihkiang (MACR 14836). He is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Republic of the Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal.

Green, Bruce C., M/Sgt, 32d PRS (former 123d Obs Sqn). MIA 20 Apr 44 aboard SS Paul Hamilton in Mediterranean Sea off Algeria. He is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the North Africa American Cemetery in Carthage, Tunisia. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Mayer, Leonard W., S/Sgt, 32d PRS (former 123d Obs Sqn). MIA 20 Apr 44 aboard SS Paul Hamilton in Mediterranean Sea off Algeria. He is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the North Africa American Cemetery in Carthage, Tunisia. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

McKinney, Franklin J., 1st Lt., 35th PRS. MIA 5 Nov 1944 on a photo recon mission flying F-5E-2 serial number 43-28615 from Flight “G” at Yunnan-yi (MACR 10057). He is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Republic of the Philippines. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Miller, Albert R., T/Sgt, 32d PRS (former 123d Obs Sqn). MIA 20 Apr 44 aboard SS Paul Hamilton in Mediterranean Sea off Algeria. He is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the North Africa American Cemetery in Carthage, Tunisia. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Price, Stanley C., F/O, 35 PRS. Died 26 Oct 1945 aboard ship seven days out of Calcutta. He was involved in a landing accident while flying F-5E serial number 44-24914 at Chanyi on 8 Sep 1945; however to this web log if this incident was related to his subsequent death aboard ship. He is buried at the Lakeside Cemetery, Muskegon, Michigan, USA, at Plot: 76-2.

Grave of Flight Officer Stanley C. Price at Lakeside Cemetery (Courtesy Find a Grave)

Grave of Flight Officer Stanley C. Price at Lakeside Cemetery (Courtesy Find a Grave)

Shafer, Kenneth E., 1st Lt., 35th PRS. Killed 13 Nov 1944 while flying F-5E serial number 43-28599 on a routine flight from Chanyi (MACR 10065).

Hand Salute!
References

35PRS monthly history reports, various

American battle Monuments Commission website, WWII database, accessed at: http://www.abmc.gov/

Aviation Archaeological Investigation and research website, accident and MACR databases for 1944 and 1945, accessed at: http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/default.htm

Estal W. Behrens grave information at: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=behrens&GSfn=estal&GSmn=w&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=3769477&df=all&

William W. Deen, III., grave information at: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=39737080

Stanley C. Price grave information at: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=price&GSfn=stanley&GSmn=c&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=72328710&df=all&

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