Castro, Joaquin, Capt

 Service Photo   Service Details
792 kb
View Time Line
Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1054-Co-Pilot, Four-Engine Aircraft
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1941-1946, AAF MOS 1054, 42nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1941 - 1943
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia

 Last Photo   Personal Details 

66 kb

Home State
Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by Arnold Guerrero-Family to remember Castro, Joaquin, Capt.

If you knew or served with this Airman and have additional information or photos to support this Page, please leave a message for the Page Administrator(s) HERE.
Casualty Info
Home Town
Mission, Texas
Last Address
Pekoa Airfield, Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides

Casualty Date
Feb 01, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Solomon Islands
World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
Location of Interment
Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery - Mission, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  2015, World War II Fallen

 Photo Album   (More...

 Ribbon Bar

Pilot Badge
Sharp Shooter
Recoilless Rifle
Auto Rifle

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Basic Flight School11th Bombardment Group, Heavy42nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1941-1941, AAF MOS 1091, Basic Flight School
  1941-1941, Air Service Advanced Flight School
  1941-1946, AAF MOS 1054, 11th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1941-1946, AAF MOS 1054, 42nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1942-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1943-1943 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)
 Colleges Attended 
  1938-1940, Others/Not Listed
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1941-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

B-17E Flying Fortress Serial Number 41-9151
13th AF
11th BG
42nd BS
Pilot Maj Earl O. Hall, Jr., O-325099 (C. O. 42nd BG) Crawford, TX
Co-Pilot 1/Lt Joaquin Castro, O-428914 (TX)
Navigator 2/Lt Frank N, Jr Stern, O-438256 (IL)
Engineer T/Sgt Paul Adler, 6147915 (MA)
Bombardier S/Sgt James Y. Bales, 15058894 (IN)
Radio S/Sgt James C. Stephens, Jr., 6953552 (CO)
Asst. Engineer S/Sgt Francis S. Banasiak, 11020224 (MA)
Asst Radio Sgt Jesse N. Olmstead, 11033041 (CT)
Gunner Sgt Martin T. Grady, 6980875 (NY)
Shot Down February 1, 1943
MACR 15093
Mission History
Nine B-17s took off from Henderson Field on Guadalcanal to bomb shipping in the Shortland area, led by Hall. This bomber was part of a four plane second element with 3 B-17s from the 42nd BG (this aircraft, B-17E "Eager Beavers" 41-9122 and B-17E "Yokohama Express" 41-2442) plus one B-17 piloted by Captain Thomas (5th BG, 72nd BS). The second element was commanded by Captain Hall (CO of the 42nd BG).

Hall's B-17 targeted a supply vessel near Tonolei Harbor. After scoring hits on this target, they turned right toward Choiseul Bay, and were jumped by 15 to 25 Zeros.

The sole surviving fourth plane, piloted by a Captain Thomas was also badly damaged but managed to crash land at Guadalcanal. Two crew members (radio and bombardier) were wounded.

Hal W. Hall (relative of Hall)
"Families of the crew of B-17 9151 have uncovered a letter in which an witness to the action reported that this aircraft may have crashed on or very near Choiseul Island. All previous records and reports did not indicate a possibility of an island crash. I have unsuccessfully sought the Coastwatcher's report on this action. I have seen it mentioned, but have been unable to find any reference to where those reports might be housed. Do you have any information about where the reports might be archived?"

Last Updated
October 1, 2009
4 Oct 09:

"...I am currently petitioned Randolph AFB in San Antonio to add some battle stars and to make a correct distiction of his PUC citations. They have honored my request by granting him a PUC with an OLC. The official story is he earned one Army PUC and one Naval PUC. This is confirmed with the 11th BG historians and General Orders # 73&78 by DAGO."

Arnold Guerrero
Copyright Inc 2003-2011