NATVIK, JOSEPH INGVALD, Private First Class, # 36816393, USAAF
Joseph I. Natvik was born on 12 October 1924 in Wisconsin to Peter J. Natvik (1889-1942) (Aardal, Norway – naturalized 18 May 1925) and Johanna Marie (Lovick) Matthew nee Natvik (1895-1983) (Norway – naturalized 20 September 1943). Siblings were James Adolf Natvik (1915-1999), Margaret J. (Natvik) Anderson (1917-1967), Peter J. Natvik Jr. (1922-1998), David Alexander Natvik (1927-2007), and Harold M. Natvik (1928-1953). Living with them in 1940 were Noer Anderson (1908-1971) and he and Margaret’s daughter, Joan Gay Anderson (1935- ).
After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems (crew chief) on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 17 July 1945 a C-109 Express Liberator (fuel transport varian of the B-24 Liberator), # 44-49628, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1330th AAF Base Unit, Assam Wing, India, departed the airfield at Jorhat, India, on a cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Hsinching, China. The aircraft crashed in Arunachal Pradesh, India, near Bishmaknagar village, and the crew was killed. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. On 18 November 2016, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announcd the recovery of some remains from the crash site, 3 miles northeast of the village of Bishmaknagar. A memorial marker was placed in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia (Sec. MF, Site 10-2).
His brother, Peter J. Natvik Jr., born 5 December 1922, served in the U.S. Army from 7 December 1940. He died 25 February 1998 in Bryan, Georgia.
His brother, Harold M. Natvik, born 18 August 1928, served in the U.S. Air Force, Sergeant, # AF16217794, 315th Air Division, Headquarters Squadron, from 19 July 1946 to 6 June 1949 (Honorable Discharge). He died 2 November 1953 when his car went off Highway 151 near Columbus, Wisconsin, and he is buried in the Roselawn Memorial Park, Monona, Dane Co., Wisconsin.