Thanks Andy for attaching those images. I had found the site earlier on about the crash and the Memorial Cemetery in Hawaii for Capt. Loverin.
My recent finds include new information on 2nd Lt. William B. Graham, also with the 'Doodle' and who died with Capt. Loverin and Capt. Snyder on Dec. 19, 1943.
Graham was from Bloomsburg, Columbia Co., PA, born in 1922, the youngest of a total of three sons in the family. Enlisted March 25, 1942 in Army Air Corp. in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Was single. See attached photo.
I'm still trying to locate more information about Capt. Loverin. He was from Three Rivers, Calif., married with one son, born four months before the crash. Capt. Loverin was a very skilled pilot, tall with red hair. His widow, Dorothy Evelyn Loverin Lane died Friday, Jan. 19, 2007 in Lemon Cove, Calif. and his son, Gerald, died in 2000.
Capt. Snyder from Williamsport, PA, a graduate of Duke Univ. with post-graduate courses at the Univ. of Miami. George enlisted in military: Sept. 12, 1941 in PA in Air Corps. He eloped in March 1942 with a beautiful 18-year-old Florida girl but her father had the marriage dissolved, feeling she was too young.
While in the military, he was considered a very calm and extremely intelligent man and skilled navigator. Plus said to be a very handsome man.
Georgeâ€™s body, was buried in Ipswich, Australia (near Brisbane) on Dec. 23, 1943. After the warâ€™s end, he along with others was taken to Honolulu, Hawaii. May 6, 1948 - Geo. Snyderâ€™s body (along with thousands others) left Honolulu on US Army Transport, â€œSS Cardinal Oâ€™Connellâ€ to return to USA. Arrived in Sunbury, PA - May 25, 1948 -buried May 26, at Pomfret Manor Cemetery in Sunbury, Northumberland Co., PA.
I would like to still locate photos of the 'Doodle' and / or crew.
Ken McClure became the new pilot for the 'Doodle' after Dec. 19th and then went on to be the pilot for the 'Doodle II".