Charles B. McAllister

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NAME
Charles Bernard McAllister
NICKNAME
Bernard
MCSN
O-10242
HOME OF RECORD
30 Center Street, Hornell, NY
NEXT OF KIN
Wife, Mrs. Charles B. McAllister
DATE OF BIRTH
December 4, 1917
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
1941
DATE OF LOSS
September 6, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Gizo Island
CASUALTY TYPE
MIA / Declared Dead
September 7, 1943
UNIT
VMSB-232
DUTY
Pilot
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
On 7 September 1942, Second Lieutenant McAllister participated in a strike on Japanese installations at Gizo Harbor. No aircraft were lost in the attack, but a heavy storm blew in on the return flight, causing the formation to scatter and downing two bombers. Lieutenant McAllister’s aircraft (SBD-3 BuNo 03342) never emerged from the storm.

Neither McAllister nor his gunner, Corporal William R. Proffitt, were seen again. Both men were declared dead on 7 September 1943.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Second Lieutenant
Posthumous promotion to Captain
STATUS OF REMAINS
Not Recovered.
MEMORIALS
Saint Ann’s Cemetery, Hornell, NY
Manila American Cemetery

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2 thoughts on “Charles B. McAllister

  1. The BuNo for the plane McAllister was flying on Sept. 6, 1942 is recorded as SBD-3 #03342 in official records, but the number in his flight log book is SBD-3 #03379. What would cause the discrepancy? Thank you.

    1. Hello!

      I’m not sure what would cause that discrepancy. Unfortunately I haven’t found a squadron log book that covers that date (Marine Air Group 23 was the parent unit of Lt. McAllister’s squadron). Also, unusually, whomever was typing up the groups’ history stopped including the BuNos for damaged or destroyed aircraft in late August.

      AviationArchaeology lists SBD-3 #03342 lost September 6, piloted by Lt. McAllister.
      http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/USN/LLsep42.htm

      SBD-3 #03379 was assigned to the same squadron. The AviationArchaeology lists that aircraft as destroyed in the Guadalcanal area on October 14, 1942, but does not provide a pilot’s name:
      http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/USN/LLOct42.htm

      VMSB-232 left Guadalcanal on October 12, but likely left their aircraft behind for the relieving squadron (they were to retrain on Avenger torpedo bombers). Henderson Field was badly shelled on October 14; the damage was so bad that MAG-23 had to temporarily relocate to an auxiliary field, and #03379 was probably wrecked there.

      Again, I’m not sure what could cause the discrepancy. Perhaps Lt. McAllister was accustomed to flying #03379 over the other, and entered that number in his flight log out of habit. Or perhaps #03379 was taken off the line for mechanical problems the day of his last flight, and he had to substitute.

      Hope this has been helpful.

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