Seaman First Class Beauran Roy O'Kane was born 29 Dec 1925 to Clyde and Edith (Looney) O’Kane of Kern County California. S1c O’Kane joined the U.S. Navy and was one of 12 members of Patrol Bombing Squadron 106 assigned as the tail gunner aboard PB4Y-2 Privateer. On 1 June 1945 his last mission, they took off from Puerto Princesa Airfield on Palawan Island piloted by Commander Howard F. Mears on a routine patrol, photographic reconnaissance mission with PB4Y-1 Liberator piloted by Lt(jg) Heyler over Singapore The purpose of this mission was to photograph Japanese Naval vessels in the Singapore Harbor. Attacked by Japanese fighters, O'Kane's plane was hit in the #3 engine and the plane went down. None of the crew’s remains were recovered nor identified following the war and all currently still listed as Missing in Action.
S1c Beauran Roy O'Kane is memorialized on the Walls of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines. This is the story of his sacrifice for our Country and his family’s journey to get him and his crew members located, identified and brought home to their families.
S1c Beauran Roy O'Kane’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/VPB106Crew3/
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