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2nd LT Donald Eugene Underwood
Fri Sep 15, 2017 13:05

2nd LT Donald Eugene Underwood, U.S. Army Air Corps, 38th Bomb Group, was the bombardier on a B-24 Liberator bomber, nicknamed “Miss Bee Haven”, which crashed on take off from Tarawa on 21 January 1944. While at JPAC in 2011/2012, Chief Rick Stone prepared reports which noted that LT Underwood was one of eleven known recovered casualties from two crashes on that date. Chief Stone’s reports noted that four were buried as “Unknowns” in the Punchbowl and seven remained buried in an undiscovered cemetery plot on Tarawa. In 2013 and 2016, the Foundation received "Family Report" requests from LT Underwood’s family which were provided immediately with updated information. In 2016, the U.S. Congress requested a report from the Foundation on the case of the eleven missing fliers which was immediately forwarded and provided to the Department of Defense. The Congressional Report listed LT Underwood as one of the seven aircrew casualties who were still buried on Tarawa and gave the location of their burial. LT Underwood was recovered from a grave on Tarawa at the site indicated by Foundation research and his identification was officially announced on 14 September 2017.

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