Hansen, Grant Nelson, 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1054-Co-Pilot, Four-Engine Aircraft
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, AAF MOS 1054, 23rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1944
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Second Lieutenant

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Last Address

Casualty Date
Nov 16, 1944
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Pacific Ocean
World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
Location of Interment
Memory Grove Memorial Cemetery - Salt Lake City, Utah
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Not Specified

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United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)23rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy5th Bombardment Group, Heavy13th Air Force
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1054, XIII Bomber Command
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1054, 23rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1054, 5th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1054, 13th Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1944-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-24 Liberator  
  1944-1944, B-24 Liberator
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Prior to his service, Lt. Hansen had attended Brigham Young University and Dixie College.

2nd Lt. Hansen enlisted in the Army Air Force on 19 February 1943 at Buckley Field, Denver, Colorado.  Following training, he was commisioned on 12 March 1944

He arrived in the PTO in July 1944, he served as a pilot with the 23rd Bomber Squadron, 5th Bomber Group, Heavy, 13th AIr Force, U.S. Army Air Forces in the South Pacific. He had completed 11 bombing missions at the time of his death.

His aircraft, B-24J (#44-40962), flew a bombing mission from Morotai Island to bomb the Japanese fleet at Brunei Bay, North Borneo.

Though successful, the aircraft was hit by AAA, while returning, and went down southwest of Siau (Siaoe) Island, Sangihe Group, Dutch East Indies (Indonesia) in the Celebese Sea. Though 4 men were rescued in the water by a Catalina aircraft on the following day off Talaud Island, the rest were never found. Two other bombers were also lost on this mission.

Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 10844.

1st Lt. Wyatt A. Norris, pilot (MIA/KIA)
2nd Lt. Grant N. Hansen, co pilot (MIA/KIA)
2nd Lt. Frederick Zimmerli, bombardier (MIA/KIA)
SSgt. Charles D. Crum, radio operator (MIA/KIA)
Sgt. Albert T. Chapman, Jr., gunner (MIA/KIA)
Sgt. Melton D. Patrick, assistant radio operator/gunner (MIA/KIA)

2nd Lt. Carlos C. Page, navigator (Rescued)
SSgt. Thomas J. Honsowitz , engineer, (Rescued)
Sgt. Paul P. Makuchan, gunner/assistant engineer, (Rescued)
Sgt. Edwin I. Mills, gunner, (Rescued)

He left a wife, Wilma, in Vernal, Utah. whom he had married in March 1944 just prior to his shipment to the PTO.

A memorial marker was placed in his honor in Memory Grove Memorial, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. (Note:  also listed with memorial in Vernal, Utah in the Vernal City Cemetery).
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