He was a member of the 446th Bomb Group 8th Air Force and was killed over France, not the Pacific . He was the Pilot of a B-24 (named Buzz Buggy )which went down 12/31/43 . The report describing the action in which his plane went down is detatiled in Missing Aircrew Report # 1679 . This can be ordered from the Archives.
Here is a synopsis of the mission he was killed on:
December 31: Chateau Bernard airfield; Cognac, France This target was a secondary target for this mission; too much cloud cover over the airfield at La Rochelle, France, made this change necessary. Intense flak was experienced, and 2 planes were lost. "Buzz Buggy" (42-7577) crashed for an unknown reason and all 10 crewmen were killed. The second (42-7581) went down after experiencing engine trouble and enemy fighter damage near Montendre, France. One man was killed, 7 were taken prisoner, and 2 evaded capture.