Banachowski, Thaddeus Henry, 1stLt

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First Lieutenant
Last Primary MOS
7598-Basic Fixed-Wing Pilot
Last MOSGroup
Pilots/Naval Flight Officers
Primary Unit
1944-Present, 7598, Missing In Action
Service Years
1943 - 1944
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Golden Dragon Certificate
Shellback Certificate

First Lieutenant


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World War II FallenMissing in America Project
  1944, World War II Fallen
  2015, Missing in America Project

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Last Known Activity
Crew:  Six (Pilot, Copilot, Navigator-Bombardier, Radio-Gunner, Mechanic-Turret Gunner, and Ordnance-Gunner).


General Characteristics:  The North American PBJ-1J medium bomber airplane was a mid-wing land-based monoplane powered by two Wright Cyclone engines.  Characteristic features included a tricycle landing gear, and a double fin and rudder empennage.  In addition to carrying thirteen .50 caliber machine guns, the PBJ-1J was also equipped to carry bombs, depth charges, 5-inch rockets, or an aerial torpedo.  VMB-423's aircraft were finished in the three-tone color scheme adopted by the U.S. Navy in March of 1944 sea blue, intermediate sea blue, and white.

BANACHOWSKI, T H, 1STLT, O-026681, USMC, from Michigan, location New Hebrides, date of loss April 20, 1944 + BANACHOWSKI, Thaddeus H, First Lieutenant, O-026681, USMC, from Michigan, Honolulu Memorial + BANACHOWSKI, Thaddeus H, First Lieutenant, O-026681, VMB-423, MAG-11, MarAirSoPac, FMF, April 20, 1944, accidental death + BANACHOWSKI, Thaddeus H., 2d Lieutenant, USMCR. Wife, Mrs. Ruth M. S. Banachowski, 7716 Augusta, Normandy, Mo

Body Not Recovered

Lost Plane and Crew
1st Lt. Alden R. Carlson 20 April 1944
2nd Lt Thaddeus H. Banachowski
20 April 1944
SSgt Clyde E. Yates 20 April 1944
Cpl Reber H. Smith 20 April 1944
Cpl Raymond T. Marks 20 April 1944
Cpl John T. Gunn 20 April 1944
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Pilot Wings
Rifle Sharpshooter (Pre 1959)USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1943, The Basic School (Quantico, VA)
 Unit Assignments
Aviation UnitsVMB-423Missing In Action
  1943-1944, 7599, Marine Aviation Detachment (MAD) Pensacola, FL
  1943-1944, 7598, VMB-423
  1944-Present, 7598, Missing In Action
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
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