39th Bomb Group (VH)

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1st Lt Howard Kolbert
61 Squadron Radar Officer

Entered the Service from: New York
Died: May 15, 1945
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, Hawaii

The account of Crew 21's ditching mentions their Radar was ill and the 61st Squadron Officer was flying in his place. Howard Kolbert's name appears on the Causualitles List of the 39th BG. In matching the date of his death to the crew that were lost, this date matches that of Crew 21's ditching.

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61st Squadron Crew Index
Sources: American Battle Momuments Commission War Dead Database