Schechner, Irving, 2LT

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1941-1946, 43rd Bombardment Group, USAAF 5th Air Force
Service Years
1941 - 1946


Second Lieutenant

Four Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Kings County

Casualty Date
Jan 20, 1946
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
New Guinea
World War II
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 60 Site 8770

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AAF Bombardier Badge

 Unit Assignments
63rd Bomb SquadronUSAAF 5th Air Force
  1941-1946, 63rd Bomb Squadron
  1941-1946, 43rd Bombardment Group, USAAF 5th Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1943-1943 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
DOVER, Del. — The remains of 11 airmen whose bomber disappeared during a World War II mission over the southwestern Pacific have been identified and are being returned for burial with military honors, Pentagon officials said Friday.

The men were members of the Army Air Forces 43rd Bomber Group, 63rd Bomber Squadron. They were listed as missing after their B-24 Liberator, the Swan, failed to return from a mission on Dec. 3, 1943.

The crew had departed from New Guinea on a reconnaissance mission over New Hanover Island in the Bismarck Sea. They reported dropping their bombs on target but, despite several radio contacts with their base, never returned.

The remains were recovered between 2004 and 2007 after members of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command located and excavated a site on New Guinea where wreckage had been spotted by native hunters four years earlier.

Scientists from JPAC and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used mitochondrial DNA and dental records to positively identify some of the remains, the military said. Some of the crewmen were also identified through circumstantial evidence, including identification tags.


Kathleen Lund -- sister of 2nd Lt. Ronald F. Ward of Cambridge, Mass. -- said searchers found two of his rings at the crash site, including Ward's high school graduation ring.

"This is going to be such a closure for my family," said Lund, who lives near Boston.

The pilot, Capt. Robert Coleman, was an athletic instructor from Wilmington, Del., who enlisted in September 1941. Military officials said Coleman's family did not wish to comment.

In addition to Ward and Coleman, the airmen have been identified as 1st Lt. George E. Wallinder of San Antonio; 2nd Lt. Kenneth L. Cassidy of Worcester, Mass.; 2nd Lt. Irving Schechner of New York; Tech. Sgt. William L. Fraser of Maplewood, Mo.; Tech. Sgt. Paul Miecias of Piscataway, N.J.; Tech. Sgt. Robert C. Morgan of Flint, Mich.; Staff Sgt. Albert J. Caruso of Kearny, N.J.; Staff Sgt. Robert E. Frank of Plainfield, N.J.; and Pvt. Joseph Thompson of Compton, Calif.

Source: USA Today, 4/25/2008


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