FURBUSH, Frank L. (Oct 23, 1944)

TRIBUTE TO AMM2C FRANK L. FURBUSH, USNR, (Oct 23, 1944)

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From: Marianne Chaffin-Strickland

Frank L. Furbush from Palmyra, Maine joined the USNR after high school. I think it as 1941. He was trained in San Diego and sent off to the Pacific Theater on a B-24. He logged about 500 hours of flight time – 307.5 hours of flight in 28 combat missions over enemy territory.

On October 23rd, 1944, his 23rd birthday, and I have been told near the end of his time in the Pacific Theater, AMMC 2nd Class Frank Furbush was among a crew of 10 on a B-24 that lifted off from Morotai, Moluccas Island, Netherlands East Indies on a patrol mission over enemy territory and never returned.

The rest of the crew on board were:

LT Harold H. Lewis Jr. – Pilot (Washington)
AMM3 Tony D. Gonzalez (Kansas)
AOM2 Clifford E. McFarlane (Washington)
ENS Raymond R. Taylor (Texas)
AOM1 Wilbur L. Williamson (Missouri)
AMM1 Charles C. Boudreau (Missouri)
ARM3 Frederick V. Cole (New York)
AOM3, James W. Davis (Arkansas)
ARM2 Junius B. Duncan (North Carolina).

32277 (ex USAAF B-24J 42-110013, VPB-101) shot down by enemy aircraft Oct 23, 1944. Took off from Morotai, Moluccas Islands, Dutch East Endies on patrol mission and failed to return. Crew of 10 MIA.
All were KIA Oct 23, 1944 on a PB4Y-1 from VPB-101 that took off from Morotai and was shot down. Another email on this page says their plane was named “Big Op”. Unfortunately that guys email no longer works. BUNO of aircraft is 32277. I have MACR info. Would like personal info and pictures. CREW: AMM2C Frank Lincoln Furbush Born Oct 23, 1921 (Maine), LT Harold H. Lewis Jr. – Pilot (Washington), AMM3 Tony D. Gonzalez (single – Kansas), AOM2 Clifford E. McFarlane (Washington), ENS Raymond R. Taylor (Texas), AOM1 Wilbur L. Williamson (Missouri), AMM1 Charles C. Boudreau (Missouri), ARM3 Frederick V. Cole (New York) AOM3, James W. Davis (Arkansas), and ARM2 Junius B. Duncan (North Carolina).

Frank L. Furbush, AMMC2 USNR, October 23, 1944

FRANK L. FURBUSH

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