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Old 14th May 2021, 18:27
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P-61B 42-39445 crash 10 Jan 1945 New Guinea

I refer to https://pacificwrecks.com/aircraft/p-61/42-39445.html

Unauthorized passengers reportedly Army nurse Sgt. Ruth E. Hillman from Buffalo, NY (ASN A-217495) and 2nd Lt. Floyd C. Lovey, who may have been a transport pilot.
Looking for additional info about Lt Lovey, assuming spelling is correct.

All 4 on board survived, wreckage recovered early 1990s.
Pilot Lt Logan G. Southfield an RO Lt. Ben Goldstein.
Accident not on the usual websites like aviationarchaeology.

Thanks for help,

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Old 14th May 2021, 21:13
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Re: P-61B 42-39445 crash 10 Jan 1945 New Guinea

Some more info here, particularly on the recovery of the plane:

https://www.google.com/books/edition...sec=frontcover


Brief newspaper story on Hillman: https://www.newspapers.com/clip/7768...-sun-bulletin/
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Old 15th May 2021, 02:42
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Re: P-61B 42-39445 crash 10 Jan 1945 New Guinea

http://www.maam.org/p61.html
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Old 16th May 2021, 14:43
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Re: P-61B 42-39445 crash 10 Jan 1945 New Guinea

Thanks, had seen links while looking for some info about Lt. Lovey. His name stays elusive.

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Old 17th May 2021, 08:13
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Re: P-61B 42-39445 crash 10 Jan 1945 New Guinea

Newspaper articles from 1989 spell the surname with 'ay' "Floyd C. Lovay" - almost certainly incorrect.

Findagrave shows "Loveys" as a similar family name.

As you probably know there is no trace of "Floyd C. Lovay" or "Floyd C. Lovey" in any currently available family, funerary or U.S. military records (on-line).

Floyd is likely not his birth name.
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