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Message No. 952
Author: Brian Lindner
Subject: Lt. Chovanec & Crew
Date: Thu Jul 2, 2009 15:36

Update- The Army has been unable to locate the IDPF on Ratliff. They did find the one on Coggin. It shows that he was buried on site on the day after the crash. It does not say who buried him but indicates that it was marked with a crude cross.

It is unclear when he was disinterred but one document shows that he was reburied in the US cemetery at Lae, NG at 0900 on 02 April 1944. At that time, Lt. Chovanec was buried on his left.

In July of 1948 Coggin's remains were returned to the U.S. and he is now buried in the Elmwood Cemetery in Flora, Illinois.
Message No. 952 ▷ Parent Message No. 952 ▷ Grandparent Message No. 931
  • Lt. Chovanec & CrewBrian Lindner, Thu Mar 5 08:51
    The ending of the book was certainly less than stellar. If you have the IDPF on Chovenec then I'll order ones on two different crewmen.
    • Lt. Chovanec & Crew — Brian Lindner, Thu Jul 2 15:36
    • ChovenacAnonymous, Fri Mar 6 11:22
      Brian As a side note, Henry C. Simons was originally a crew member (gunner) with my father's crew of the Crosby's Curse. I sent a picture to Bob of the group that was investigating the crash site and ... more
      • Lt. ChovenacBrian Lindner, Fri Mar 6 11:51
        It sounds like head hunters were still a problem when the team first went to investigate the wreckage. One member of the team was killed.
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