The World War II East Coast Memorial is located in Battery Park, New York City. This memorial commemorates those soldiers, sailors, marines, coast guardsmen, merchant marines and airmen who met their deaths in the service of their country in the western waters of the Atlantic Ocean during World War II. Its axis is oriented on the Statue of Liberty. On each side of the axis are four gray granite pylons upon which are inscribed the name, rank, organization and state of each of the 4,609 missing in the waters of the Atlantic.
445th Bomb Group
During the overseas movement of the 445th Bomb Group (H), one crew from the 703rd Bomb Squadron was lost enroute from Borinquen Field, Puerto Rico to Waller Field in Trinidad. While no offical cause for the loss has been given, reports from another crew making the same transit indicate they were having problems with fuel transfer between tanks. The weather was clear and visibility unlimited (CAVU), but the seas were rough with 10' swells making a successful ditching problematic.