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13th Army-Air Force Memorial
Birth: unknown, USA
Death: Aug. 15, 1944
Maluku, Indonesia

World War II Memorial. The graves of two, possibly four 13th U.S. Army-Airforce soliders are interred on Morotai, after being shot down by Japanese Zeros in preparation for the September invaison of the island. Moratai was the final island invasion in Dutch New Guinea before the liberation of the Philippines. The island was recaptured by the 31st Infantry Division on September 15, 1944, meeting only light opposition. At the time, the island had only five hundred Japanese defenders. While nearby Halmahera, which was heavily fortified with 20,000 Japanese troops and aircraft, was bypassed. This tactic, of island-hopping, would prove the strategic downfall of the Japanese plan of occupation.
The Japanese made a total of 82 air raids agains the strips at Moratai, from September 15, 1944 to February 1, 1945. reaching a peak in November 1944 with a raid every day. Tokyo radio dubbed Morotai "graveyard of the 13th Air Force".
Some of the units stationed on the island were the the 13th Army-Air Force(the Jungle Air Force), the 347th Fighter Group, 5th U.S. Army-Air Force, 67th Fighter Squardon(P-38s) Feb 12, 1945 - Mar 21, 1945, the 35th Fighter Group, the 41st Fighter Squadron (P-47s), the 35th Fighter Group HQ (September 27, 1944 - Oct., 1945), the 371st & 372d Bomber Squadrons, the 307th Bomber Group(B-24s) November, 1944 - September 1, 1945,
 
 
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13th AAF Memorial Cemetery
North Maluku, Indonesia
 
Created by: Joseph L. Bernard
Record added: May 09, 2005
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13th Army-Air Force Memorial
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 Added: Oct. 10, 2013

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 Added: Oct. 10, 2013

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