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MishapsMISHAPs: 13 NOV 43 A/C: PV-1 ventura Location: NAS Trinidad, British West Indies Strike: YES BUNO: 34828 Cause: Missing during convoy coverage Contributed by Terry pb4y-2@sbcglobal.net [02NOV99]

UPDATE "...A couple of weeks ago, I got an email inquiring if I knew Joe Zorzanello, who happens to be a distant cousin. I linked the inquirer up with Joe in Connecticut. Joe and the inquirer's father had been fellow Japanese POWs, and had lost touch! George Dean, Jr. z32942@yahoo.com..." [C-Mail Updated 30OCT2003 | 15AUG2001]

UPDATE "...Missing, last seen 5mi. ahead of convoy. Lt(jg) L. M. Evans-Pilot, Ens. W.C.Gust, Acrm W. Dean, Amm3c A. N. Kutchak, Aom3c R. L. Yew, and Rm3c E. H. Sproles..." Contributed by Terry pb4y-2@sbcglobal.net [28DEC2000]

UPDATE "...Seeking anyone with knowledge of above mishap. Best regards...George Dean, Jr. z32942@yahoo.com. Below you will find additional information I've obtained about the mishap..." [E-Mail Updated 30OCT2003 | 02NOV99]

(SC) L11-1VVDoc. 102839

Department of the Navy
Office of the Judge Advocate General
Washington, D.C.

18 Feb. 44

Via: BuMed BuPers

Subj: Admin. Rept,- Loss of PV-1 airplane, Bu#34828; missing U. S. Naval Personnel; Sub. by CO, BombRon 141, AirFor, LantFlt, 20 Nov. 1943.

1. Forward for recommendation.

2. At 1440 on 13 November 1943 the plane piloted by Lieutenant (jg) Leck Musick Evans, took off for routine convoy coverage of four and one-half hours and was last seen in vicinity of the convoy at 1735 on the same date. Although an extensive and organized search was conducted by plane and lighter-than-air craft, no trace of the plane or occupants was found. While there is a possibility that the plane crashed and the pilot, passanger, and other members of the crew were drowned, there is no definite evidence to that effect. It is therefore recommended that:

Leck Misick Evans, lieutenant (jg), A-V (T), U.S.N.R.Warren George Goetz, ensign, A-V (W), U.S.N.R.George Dean, aviation chief radioman (PA), U.S.N.Albert Kutchak, aviation machinist's mate third class, U.S.N.Robert Luman Yaw, aviation ordinanceman third class, U.S.N.Edgar H. Sproles, radiomanm third class, U.S.N.R. will be carried on the rolls of the Bureau of Navel Personnel for a period of twelve (12) months...etc"

Now to a different document for geographic location:

FROM: COMBOMRON: 141 171451 NCR 14753 MGM DER

PV-1 serial 34828 Engine NRS 95125 & 95128 missing on routine opeartional flight at sea about 65 miles east of Trinidad about 1900 Q Nov 13 X Plane was on convoy coverage mission and last heard ROM (sic) 1725Q Not in trouble X Extensive 3 day search and interogation of escort vessel commanders have revealed nothing. X Two pilots and four passangers assumed lost not result of own misconduct X plane assumed lost...."

MishapsMISHAPs: 21 JAN 45 A/C: PV-1 ventura Location: NAS Brunswick, Maine Strike: NO BUNO: 34826 Cause: BOMB TNRG; HARD LNDG Contributed by Terry pb4y-2@sbcglobal.net [17FEB99]

MishapsMISHAPs: 27 APR 45 A/C: PV-1 ventura Location: NAS Beaufort, South Carolina Strike: NO BUNO: 34937 Cause: SEARCH; GEAR FAILED LNDG Contributed by Terry pb4y-2@sbcglobal.net [17FEB99]

MishapsMISHAPs: 18 MAY 45 A/C: PV-1 ventura Location: NAS Beaufort, South Carolina Strike: NO BUNO: 33445 Cause: SWERVED OFF RWY ON T/O Contributed by Terry pb4y-2@sbcglobal.net [17FEB99]

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