Aguirre, Richard U., 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 1034-Navigator
Last AFSC Group
USAAF
Primary Unit
1941-1943, M 1034, 64th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1941 - 1943
Second Lieutenant

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Home State
Illinois
Illinois
Year of Birth
1919
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Burton
Last Address
New Britain Island

Casualty Date
May 21, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Captured
Reason
Intentional Homicide
Location
Papua New Guinea
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
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World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
Start Year
1943
End Year
1944

Description
(New Guinea Campaign 24 January 1943 to 31 December 1944) After the loss of Buna and Gona in New Guinea, the Japanese fell back on their stronghold at Lae. Their attempt to reinforce Lae by sea in March 1943 met with disaster when American and Australian planes sank most of the convoy in the Battle of the Bismarck Sea. Salamaua and Lae then became the objectives for an Allied advance along the northern coast of New Guinea. Fifth Air Force bombers attacked airfields at Wewak, 300 miles west of Lae, to neutralize them. The Allies dropped paratroops at Nadzab, just beyond Lae. Enemy resistance at Salamaua broke on 14 September 1943; Lae fell two days later. In the months that followed, MacArthur’s forces pushed westward, capturing some Japanese strongholds and bypassing others. After taking Hollandia in April 1944, the Allies attacked islands off the northern coast of New Guinea, taking Wakde and Biak in May, Owi in June, and Noemfoor in July. Sansapor on New Guinea also was gained in July. Aerial attacks on the Philippines began in August, and Morotai was seized in October to provide air bases for the invasion of the Philippines. Allied planes also bombed the oil center at Balikpapan and other targets in Borneo and Celebes.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1943
To Year
1943
 
Last Updated:
May 24, 2019
   
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  35 Also There at This Battle:
 
  • Lambert, Mary Louise, 1st Lt, (1942-1945)
  • McCabe, Grant, WO1, (1941-1946)
  • Pooyouma, Rex Gene, Sgt, (1942-1945)
  • Sapp, Frank Wickham, MSgt, (1943-1967)
  • Tynan, Helena T., 1st Lt, (1942-1945)
  • Wadsworth, Orville Dawahoynewa, Cpl, (1942-1945)
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