Atwell, Melvin Kennith, LT Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Lieutenant
Last Primary Designator/NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot heavier than air or lighter than air
Last Rating/NEC Group
Officer
Last Duty Station
1941-1943, 131X, VP-91 Black Cats
Service Years
1938 - 1943
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Order of the Golden Dragon
Lieutenant Lieutenant

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Home State
Virginia
Virginia
Year of Birth
1909
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Norfolk
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Mar 05, 1943
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
Pacific
Conflict
Wars and Conflicts/World War II*/Lost at Sea
Location of Interment
Buried at Sea, Pacific
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Conflict  :   Campaigns, Battles and Exercises
Start Year
1700
End Year
2100
Description
Node
   
Conflict  :   Wars and Conflicts
Start Year
1700
End Year
2099
Description
Conflict
   
Conflict  :   World War II*
Start Year
1939
End Year
1945
Description
World War 2
   
Engagement  :   Engagements
Start Year
1939
End Year
1945
Description
All Engagements associated with World War II
   
Engagement  :   Attack on Pearl Harbor
Start Year
1941
End Year
1941
Description
The unprovoked attack of US military forces at Pearl Harbor, HI was the begining of WW 2 in the Pacific.
   
Participation
From Year
1941
To Year
1941
 
Personal Recollections

Memories
On 7 December 1941 Pearl Harbor contained the biggest concentration of PBY squadrons, with VP-11, VP-12, VP-14, VP-22, VP-23 and VP-24 all based on Oahu. Between them they were operating 68 PBYs, but despite the high level of tension no effort was made to mount regular long range patrols around Hawaii. Most of the PBYs were caught on the ground when the Japanese attacked and were destroyed in the initial attack.


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