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Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army 1
Birth:
29 Oct 1918 2
1918 1
Lindon, Utah 2
Utah 1
Death:
12 Mar 1944 2
Papua New Guinea 2
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Person:
Vernal John Bird 2
Vernal J Bird 1
Level of Education: 4 years of high school 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
Birth:
29 Oct 1918 2
1918 1
Lindon, Utah 2
Utah 1
Male 2
Death:
12 Mar 1944 2
Papua New Guinea 2
Cause: KIA 2
Residence:
Place: Utah County, Utah 1
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Birth:
Mother: Christina Pearson Ash Bird 2
Father: Walter Freeman Bird 2
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Enlistment Date:
25 Apr 1941 1
Army Branch:
Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA 1
Army Component:
Selectees (Enlisted Men) 1
Army Serial Number:
39677575 1
Enlistment Place:
Salt Lake City Utah 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
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Occupation:
Semiskilled construction occupations, n.e.c. 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
Source Information:
Box Number: 1460 1
Film Reel Number: 7.31 1

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Vernal John Bird

Papua New Guinea

Enlisted in the US Army as a Private on 25 April 1941 at Salt Lake City, Utah.

Enlisted Army Serial Number: 39677575

Trained in Field Artillery.

Selected for Aviation Cadet Training, he received his wings in October of 1942, and was commissioned a 2LT, ASN: O-750321

After completing advanced twin-engine training, he flew antisubmarine patrol missions over the Atlantic Ocean from Savannah Army Air Base, Georgia.

Previous members of the 13th Bomb Squadron had left their A-20 aircraft at Savannah on 19 January 1942, when they moved to San Francisco, California, then sailed from the Port of San Francisco for Australia aboard the USS Ancon.

Brisbane, Australia, was reached on 25 February 1942; and Charters Towers, Australia, on 10 March 1942.

He would subsequently join them, being assigned to the Pacific Theatre of Operations with U.S. Army Air Forces, 5th Air Force, 3rd Bomber Group (Light), 13th Bomber Squadron ("Grim Reapers"), Nadzab Air Field Complex, Papua New Guinea.

On 12 March 1944 he flew in the left seat as the pilot aboard a Douglas twin-engine A-20G-20-DO Havoc, Serial Number 42-86625

His aircraft was one of thirty-six A-20 bombers that took off from Nadzab Airfield No. 4 (APO 713, Unit 1) on a mission against Boram Airfield west of Wewak.

Over the target, this aircraft was seen lagging behind the formation while making their strafing run over the target.

Last seen halfway down the run. This aircraft failed to return and was declared Missing In Action (MIA).

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