Sgt. Clifford M. Wolff -
Took off from Henderson Field on Guadalcanal on a night bombing mission against Kahilli Airfield (Buin Airfield) on Bougainville. Over the target at dusk, this bomber was last contacted by radio at 19:10 and failed to return from the mission. It was believed this B-17 was lost in the vicinity of the target area.
The next day, three B-17s from the 31st Bombardment Squadron led by Captain Carroll searched for this bomber unsuccessfully. Several US Navy planes also conducted searches without results. On June 12, 1943 two B-17s led by Captain Roberts conducted another search without results.
The entire crew was officially declared dead on December 19, 1945. The entire crew (with the exception of Bowser) is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. Bowser is memorialized at the courts of the missing at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl).
Birth: 6/20/1913, New Jersey
High School: Ridgefield Park High School (1933), Horace Mann School (1934)
College: Columbia University
Death: 12/19/1945 (Persumed Date of Death). 6/10/1943. Missing in Action near Kahilli Area, Central Pacific
Local Address (1943):
1485 Endicott Terrace, Teaneck (map)
Unit: 31st Bomber Squadron, 5th Bomber Group, 13th Air Force