Request for MIA Info - Anthony F. Eckhart
I would greatly appreciate any help in trying to find information about my Uncle Anthony Eckhart.
I am interested in the following:
Name of Plane
Crew Members Names
Location of Crash - Or was he shot down
Did the War Dept look for him and his crew Has anyone tried to recover (dive) to look for this missing plane Are there any pictures available
Anthony F. Eckhart
MACR Number 4622 MACR Service Record 0-803954 2LT FOD Page 70
B24 Heavy Bomber S/N 42-73496
Plane went down in the Marshall Islands / Eniwetok in the Central Pacific on May 4, 1944. The crew participated ina bombardment mission to the island of Ponape in the Caroline group and did not return.
Offically listed as dead on Feb 6, 1946 by the War Department
98th Bomber Squadron, 11th Bomber Group, Heavy
Awards: Distinguised Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart
He also, at some time, was a co-pilot on a bomber named Heaven Can Wait, this plane was sponsored and christened by Actor Don Ameche.