Donnelly C. Cameron

NAME
Donnelly Carlton Cameron
NICKNAME
Carlton
SERVICE NUMBER
330904
UNIT
VMSB-143
Radioman
HOME OF RECORD
2015 The Plaza, Charlotte, NC
NEXT OF KIN
Wife, Mrs. Mary E. Cameron
DATE OF BIRTH
1922
ENTERED SERVICE
December 1, 1941
DATE OF LOSS
February 28, 1943
REGION
Solomon Islands
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Bougainville / Kahili
CASUALTY TYPE
Missing In Action
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
Sergeant Donnelly C. Cameron was an aviation radioman assigned to VMSB-143. His squadron took part in the campaign for the northern Solomon Islands in 1942 and early 1943.

On 28 February 1943, Cameron’s aircraft – a TBF-1 Avenger (BuNo 06109) nicknamed “Peggy” – took off for a night bombing mission against Kahili Airdrome. The concussion of the bombs shook the aircraft and tore a hole in the wing. “Peggy” hit the water, flipped over, and sank upside-down.

The pilot, Captain Alexander R. Berry, and gunner, Pvt. Cephas Kelly, managed to escape, but Cameron was evidently trapped in the aircraft. He was never seen alive again, and after being listed as missing for a year, was declared dead on the day of the mission.

Note: Berry and Kelly were captured and imprisoned on Rabaul. Berry was executed by the Japanese, while Kelly survived his ordeal and returned to the United States.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Air Medal, Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Sergeant
STATUS OF REMAINS
Missing in action
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery

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