Yale Weston Kaufman
|HOME OF RECORD
329 Cambridge Avenue, Elyria, OH
(raised Everett, MA)
|NEXT OF KIN
Wife, Mrs Marian Ellis Kaufman
|DATE OF BIRTH
May 16, 1941
|DATE OF LOSS
September 14, 1942
|CAMPAIGN / AREA
Killed in Action
|CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
Second Lieutenant Kaufman was a pilot with VMSB-232, a Marine dive-bombing squadron stationed at Henderson Field, Guadalcanal.
On 14 September 1942, Kaufman and his gunner, Private Barry J. Arnold, were assigned to a routine sector search in company with another SBD.* The patrol passed without incident, and the two aircraft were returning to base at about 1800 hours, when Kaufman’s plane suddenly went into a steep glide at an altitude of 200 feet. The bomber hit the water with a great splash about half a mile from Lunga Point and disappeared immediately.
Both airmen were killed in the incident, and neither man’s body was recovered.
|LAST KNOWN RANK
|STATUS OF REMAINS
Manila American Cemetery
* Note: Kaufman’s SBD is alternately reported as Bureau Number 04667 (AviationArchaeology.com) or 03347 (OQMG Form 371).
03347 may have been flown by Second Lieutenant Leland E. Thomas.
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Articles and Records:
Yale Kaufman through the years – first with the Miami University class of 1941, and as an aviation cadet at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi.