Griffin, James Richard, CPT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
AAF MOS 1092-Pilot, B-17
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-Present, POW/MIA
Service Years
1940 - 1943



Two Overseas Service Bars

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Year of Birth
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Last Address
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Casualty Date
Mar 26, 1942
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
New Guinea
WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Location of Interment
Buried at Sea - N/A, Pacific Ocean
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 Unit Assignments
USAAF 5th Air ForcePOW/MIA
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1056, USAAF 5th Air Force
  1943-Present, POW/MIA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1943 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)
 Colleges Attended 
Texas A&M University
  1935-1939, Texas A&M University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
James Richard Griffin entered the U.S. Army Air Forces from the state of Texas prior to World War II. At the time of his disappearance, he was assigned to Headquarters Squadron, V Bomber Command at Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

On 26 March 1943, Griffin was a passenger in the B-17 Flying Fortress #41-24384, "Pluto." Also on board was the Commanding General of V Bomber Command, Brigadier General Howard K. Ramey. The mission of the aircraft was to carry out a scheduled 7-hour reconnaissance flight of Merauke and Horn Island.

The last communication ever heard from the aircraft was a message from the radio operator twenty minutes after takeoff. An extensive air search was conducted but no sign was ever found of the aircraft, or the twelve men on board. All on board the aircraft were officially declared dead on 19 November 1945.

The crew and passengers remain Missing In Action:

Pilot Brig. Gen. Howard K. Ramey, O-10874
Co-Pilot Lt. Col. Harold N. Chaffin, O-22469
Passenger Capt. Stanley A. Loewenberg, O-0282379 NY
Passenger Lt. Comm. Ferdinand D. Mannoccir II, 131324 USN
Passenger Capt. James R. Griffin, O-389636
Passenger 2nd Lt. William Lief, O-726002
Passenger M/Sgt James D. Collier Jr., 6920942
Passenger T/Sgt Ortis L. Quaal, 6149056
Passenger S/Sgt Robert R. Stith, 18004634
Passenger S/Sgt Harry A. Johnson, 12031847
Passenger Sgt Marvin Berkowitz, 6979447
Passenger Pfc George T. Hopfield, 6668063

Date Missing In Action: 26 March 1943
Official Date of Death: 19 November 1945

Captain James Richard Griffin was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.

A cenotaph exists for Captain James Richard Griffin at Rose Hill Cemetery, Blooming Grove, Navarro County, Texas. Find A Grave Memorial# 50691678.

Information compiled by Charles A. Lewis

Body lost at sea
Specifically: Near Torres Strait Islands 
Family links: 
  John Richard Griffin (1885 - 1952)
  Verna Clyde Smith Griffin (1884 - 1946)
Note: The names of the crew and passengers are listed on the Tablets of the Missing at The Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Philippines.
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial *
Metro Manila
National Capital, Philippines
Plot: Tablets of the Missing
*Cenotaph [?]

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