Altman, Dayton S., Jr., 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1092-Pilot, B-24
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1942-1943, 320th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1940 - 1943
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Second Lieutenant

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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Iron Range, Australia

Casualty Date
Jan 09, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Southern Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

 Official Badges 

Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1943, World War II Fallen

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Pilot Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)Aviation Cadet Flight School90th Bombardment Group, Heavy320th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1940-1941, United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)
  1941-1941, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1941-1941, 90th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, 320th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1943-1943 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)
 Colleges Attended 
North Carolina State UniversityClemson University
  1936-1938, North Carolina State University
  1939-1940, Clemson University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-24 Liberator  
  1942-1943, B-24 Liberator
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Dayton S. Altman, Jr. was born in Mullins, South Carolina on June 21, 1919. He was the son of Dr. Dayton S. Altman, Sr and Rosa Witherspoon Altman. According to records at Clemson University, Altman graduated from North Carolina State University, then a dental college in Atlanta, Georgia, and then entered Clemson.

His NARA enlistment record states he was residing in Marion, South Carolina when he was inducted into the service on July 23, 1940, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The record also shows he enlisted for the Medical Service and requested assigned to the Puerto Rican Department. In addition, it shows he had completed 3 years of college.

It is not known exactly when or where he transferred to the Air Corps, but family records show him as flying both a B-17 and B-24. It is known he was assigned to the 320th Bomb Squadron of the 90th Bomb Group stationed at the time in Long Beach, California.

In October 1942, he was part of a flight of B-24s that flew to Hawaii and then moved to Iron Range, Australia where missions were flown against Japanese installations in the SouthWest Pacific.

On January 9, 1943, on such a mission, his aircraft was shot down by a Japanese fighter and crashed into the Southern Ocean. Reports state that although wounded, he attempted to save fellow crewmen. There was, however, only one survivor.

Lt Altman and his fellow crew members are each memorialized on the Walls of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery in Manila. In addition, there is a memorial marker for Lt Altman in Cedardale Cemetery in Mullins, South Carolina.



Lt Altman was the pilot of B-24D # 41-23772, nicknamed "Little Eva," assigned to the 320th Bomb Squadron. In addition to the name, the aircraft also had the rudders emblazoned with the "Jolly Roger" skull and crossbones of the 90th Bomb Group as well as a shark's mouth on the nose.

Missing Air Crew Reports were not routinely issued in that day, but afterward, a temporary one, R-764, was issued. It, as well as 90th BG crew records, identifies the crew as:

2Lt Dayton S. Altman, Jr.    p
2 Lt Norman D. Smith     c-p
2 Lt Herbert H. Gardner    nav
2 Lt William H. Hoyt    bomb
TSgt Freddie K. Affell     eng
TSgt Francis Bigham    r/o
SSgt John F. Ratliff     gunner
SSgt Vincent M. Calisle    gunner
Sgt Francis E. Bogucki    gunner

Lt Smith was the only survivor.

There was another B-24 (# 41-23762) who was named "Little Eva." When Altman's crew arrived, that pilot requested exclusive rights for the name, but before the request was granted, his aircraft was shot down and Lt Altman's crew carried the name.

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