On May 18, 1944 flight nurse (FN) 2nd Lt. Eloise M. Richardson was performing her duties aboard a Douglas C-47 Skytrain medevac flight between the western coast of Bougainville and Guadalcanal. The plane was carrying wounded men including officers and mail. The plane never arrived at its destination. No evidence of its whereabouts has ever been recovered.
She was officially declared dead one year and one day later.