Son of Joseph Fitgerald McAllister and Vera Bennion
USAAC B-25D Mitchell bomber, #41-29702 "Satan's Pet", of the 71st Bomb Squadron of the 38th Bombardment Group crashed off Cape Pallarenda at Townsville, QLD on 2 November 1942 during a training flight.
1st Lt. George A. Gillespie, a family friend of the McAllister family visited Major R. H. "Bob" McCutcheon the commander of the 71st Bomb Squadron of the 38th Bomb Group. George was a friend of Major McCutcheon. George was able to tell the family via a V-Mail that the accident took place about five minutes after it took off for a routine practice mission. The B-25 caught fire and the pilot attempted to make a landing over water. Whilst it was 200 yards off the shore it exploded blowing the aircraft to bits with all crew being killed.
2nd Lt. Walter T. Green, Jr. (0-659970) of Cooleemee, North Carolina - pilot Joseph O. "Owen" McAllister (0-724637) - acting Co-pilot S/Sgt Charles Evans (7022202) of Ambridge, Penn. Corporal Donald P. Evans (18069309), of Windsor Colorado Corporal John A. Halmekangas (17025693), of Virginia, Minnesota
They were embalmed and buried in the Townsville US Cemetery, Queensland, Australia, 11 November 1942, grave 61, row 4, plat 3-C. They were later exhumed and reburied at the US Military Cemetery at Ipswich west of Brisbane in south east Queensland. In 1947 they were exhumed again and transported by the ship USAT Groucher Victory to Guadalcanal where they were transferred to the USAT Cardinal O'Connell which then sailed to Hawaii, where they were either buried or transported to a location where the families requested their loved ones to be buried. ~ Research by Peter Dunn, https://www.ozatwar.com/ozcrashes/qld96.htm
Final resting place took place on 6 March 1948, Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake, Utah