Simonson, Sigurd Justin, Capt

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7598-Basic Fixed-Wing Pilot
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Pilots/Naval Flight Officers
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1945-1956, 7598, MIA - WWII
Service Years
1942 - 1945
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Casualty Date
May 30, 1945
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Fort Logan National Cemetery - Denver, Colorado
Wall/Plot Coordinates
N 38

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 Unit Assignments
MATSG-22, NAS Corpus Christi, TXVMR-153Missing In Action
  1942-1943, 7599, MATSG-22, NAS Corpus Christi, TX
  1944-1945, 7598, VMR-153
  1945-1956, 7598, MIA - WWII
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
 Colleges Attended
University of Idaho
  1938-1942, University of Idaho
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Last Known Activity
Marine Capt. Sigurd J. Simonson was assigned as a Transport Pilot with Marine Air Group 24, MAGSZAM, Moret Field, Zamboanga, Mindanao, Philippine Islands. He was a friend of 1st. Lt. Donald C. Sculati, who was assigned to Marine Bombing Squadron VMB-611 as a PBJ-1 (B-25) co-pilot. Lt. Sculati flew as a crewmember under command of 1st. Lt. Doit L. Fish. Having never participated in a combat mission, Simonson requested to participate as an observer in Lt. Fish's PBJ-1 flight on May 30, 1945. Capt. Simonson was reported missing in action on May 30, 1945 while on a regularly scheduled combat strike against enemy installations at the Kibawe Trail area near Davao, Mindanao. Word was received that Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Sarles' PBJ was missing, so the flight began a search of the area, but to no avail. Then the flight began making runs on the target when Lt. Fish's PBJ became missing. All efforts to locate Lt. Fish's aircraft and its occupants were unsuccessful and the crew was declared MIA. Lt. Fish's aircraft wreckage and crew skeletal remains were found on November 16, 1956 in the area the plane was reported missing. Although individual identification was impossible, it was confirmed that the remains were of Lt. Fish and his crew. A group burial of the eight Marines, with full military honors, was held at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, CO on July 15, 1957.

1st Lt Sigurd Simonson was a Transport Pilot for MAG 24 and a close friend of 1st Lt Donald Sculati, my father's (Capt Doit Fish) PBJ-1 Copilot. He was an observer/passenger aboard Dad's PBJ-1 on this May 30 mission. 1st Lt Simonson was posthumously promoted to the rank of Captain in August 1946.
Note: The Report of Interment form QMC Form 14, states that the following crew were interred in a common grave:on 25 July 1957 in Fort Logan National Cemetery in Section N, Grave 38, Group Burial X-6029 PI:

Captain Doit L. Fish, Pilot
1stLt Donald C. Sculati, Co-Pilot
Captain Sigurd C. Simonson, Passenger/Observer
Staff Sergeant Richard C. Vorel, Navigator/Bombardier
Sergeant Robert L. Harrison, Radio/Waist Gunner
Corporal Chester D. Luberda, Radio/Waist Gunner
Corporal John D. Rood, Turret Gunner/Ordnanceman
Corporal Walter G. Charboneau. Tail Gunner/Mechanic
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