Memorial PBY "Catalina" 5A 2487

This memorial is dedicated to the 9 American crew members who were killed in the crash on April 5, 1942 with their PBY "Catalina" on this spot.

The text on the memorial reads:
Not far from here, on April 5, 1942 nine American naval aviators perished in the service of their country.

ENSIGN WILLIAM H.HOWE
ENSIGN GEORGE L. DOLL
ORREN A. ROBERTS AMM1c NAP
JOSEPH H. HAYMAN AMM3c
JACK PARISH ARM2c
BILLY B. HERRIN AMM2c
DELBERT G. BERCHOT AM3c
CHARLES L. ANDREWS RM3c
WILLIAM F. ALLEN SEA1c

They crashed their Consolitated "Catalina" PBY-5A Serial 2487 seaplane, returning from 12.5 hours of patrolling the waters around Hawaii for enemy forces. They crashed trying to land in foul weather and darkness, mistaking the Makapu'u light for Barbers Point light and hit the hillside during a low attitude circling maneuver.

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