Paul V. B. Erwin

NAME
Paul Vliet Bowersox Erwin
NICKNAME
Vliet
SERVICE NUMBER
O-8021
UNIT
VMO-251
Pilot
HOME OF RECORD
620 Southwest 3rd Street, Miami, FL
NEXT OF KIN
Mother, Mrs. Minnie B. Erwin
DATE OF BIRTH
November 23, 1915
ENTERED SERVICE
March 24, 1941
DATE OF LOSS
January 23, 1943
REGION
Solomon Islands
CAMPAIGN / AREA
New Georgia
CASUALTY TYPE
Missing In Action
Declared dead January 5, 1944
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
Lieutenant Paul Erwin was a fighter pilot serving with VMO-251 during the Solomon Islands campaign. He was shot down while providing fighter cover for an SBD strike against Japanese warships in “The Slot” on 23 January 1943. He was credited with one Zero destroyed on this date.

No trace of “Vliet” Erwin was ever found, and he was officially declared dead on 5 January 1944.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Air Medal, Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Second Lieutenant
(posthumous Captain)
STATUS OF REMAINS
Missing in action.
MEMORIALS
Woodlawn Park North Cemetery, Miami, FL
Manila American Cemetery

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