Last Known Activity
Records concerning SSgt Eldon Hunter are scarce. No NARA enlistment record can be found. Clemson University records show he graduated from there in 1941. It also states he was born in Edisto, Island, South Carolina, but the date is not given. Based on age and experience a guess would be circa 1920.
He was acting as flight engineer on a B-24 being ferried in the South Atlantic Ocean. The aircraft left Waller Field in the British West Indies, bound for Belem, Brazil. It made one radio check en route, and was never heard from again.
An intensive aircraft and blimp air search was made, but no trace of the aircraft was found.
All personnel aboard are memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at the East Coast Memorial, located in New York, New York.
USAAC-USAAF Aircraft Inventory Records
SSgt HUnter was flight engineer on B-24H # 41-28773, no known name.
There were two Missing Air Crew Reports issued for this incident, 2452 and 2602. They identify the crew as:
1 Lt James S. Buchanan p
2 Lt Victor R. Harmon c-p
2 Lt John F. Healy nav
SSgt Eldon D. Hunter, Jr. eng
SSgt Lawrence Garsha r/o
Cpl Benjamin M. Evans passenger (radar mech)
Cpl Louis J. Enderle passenger (radar mech)
A notation on one of the MACRs speculates a fire caused by a gas leak as the cause of the mishap. It goes on to note that 12 aircraft had been delayed at Waller Field for that reason in the past three weeks.