Paul Petrucka

NAME
Paul Ralph Petrucka
NICKNAME
MCSN
O-12810
HOME OF RECORD
334 West Center Street, Mahanoy City, PA
NEXT OF KIN
Mother, Mrs. Martin Petrucka
DATE OF BIRTH
March 17, 1918
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
August 15, 1941
DATE OF LOSS
October 12, 1942
REGION
Central Pacific
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Hawaii / Molokai
CASUALTY TYPE
Accidental Death
UNIT
VMSB-233
DUTY
Pilot
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
On 12 October 1942, Second Lieutenant Paul Petrucka was participating in a training flight over the Hawaiian Islands. At about 0940 hours, his aircraft (SBD-2 Bureau Number 02141) crashed into the sea near the island of Molokai.

Rescuers managed to save the gunner, Private Elvert Jordan, but Petrucka went down with his plane.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
LAST KNOWN RANK
Second Lieutenant
STATUS OF REMAINS
“At sea 1 mile SW of Echo Point, Molokai, Territory of Hawaii”
MEMORIALS
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

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