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
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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
   
Battle  :   Battles
Start Year
1939
End Year
1945
Description
All battles associated with World War II.
   
Battle  :   Battle of Cape Esperance
Start Year
1942
End Year
1942
Description
Battle of Cape Esperance
   
Participation
From Year
1942
To Year
1942
 
Personal Recollections

Memories
A portent of things to come came on 25 October 1942, at the start of the battle of Santa Cruz. This time the first contact with the Japanese was made by a B-17 of the USAAF, operating from Henderson Field, although a PBY of VP-91 was only ten minutes behind. Despite this the PBY, now radar equipped, still played the main part in locating and identifying the Japanese fleet during this battle.


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