September 3, 1941

“A regularly scheduled flight…”

The Place:
Off the coast of Oahu, Territory of Hawaii.
The Time:
Last contact made at 1300 hours.

The Event:
On September 3, 1941, two enlisted aviators of VMSB-232 were assigned to take one of their squadron’s SBD-type aircraft on a routine instrument flight. They took off without incident from Ewa Field, Oahu, at 1300 hours.

No further contact was made with the aircraft, and when it was reported overdue, search flights took off from Ewa. One plane reported wreckage near Waimea, but further investigation revealed the remnants of an Army plane lost some time before. Flights continued through the following Saturday, September 6, with negative results.

The Lost:

Name

Rank

Role

Individual Fate

Boyd McMahon
VMSB-232

Staff Sergeant Pilot Unknown, presumed lost with aircraft.
Declared dead on this date, December 1941.
Loren William Yentoch
VMSB-232
Technical Sergeant Passenger Unknown, presumed lost with aircraft.
Declared dead on this date, December 1941.
The muster roll of VMSB-232, December 1941.

Reported Burial Site(s):
None known.

Recovery Information:
To this date, no remains are known to have been recovered. 

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