Date & Time: Jan 14, 1945
Type of aircraft:
Martin PBM Mariner
Survey / Patrol / Reconnaissance
Lake, Sea, Ocean, River
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Shortly after take off, an engine caught fire and exploded. The seaplane lost height and crashed on the reef off San Jose, in the Mangarin Bay. Quickly on the scene, crew from the USS Half Moon Bay and USS San Pablo were able to evacuated eight injured crew while two others were killed. The aircraft was registered 45266 (VPB-28).
Explosion on one engine shortly after take off.