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|Pilot 2nd Lt. James F. Steele, O-792172 (MIA / KIA) NC
MIA July 16, 1943
Arriving over the target, P-38F 42-12650 piloted by Lt. George E. Morgan aborted the mission due to engine trouble and force landed but was later rescued.
On the return flight, the formation encountered bad weather with extremely low visibility. P-38 piloted by Andrews landed at 30 Mile Drome (Rogers) while the other two piloted by Lt. Denton and Lt. Steele proceeded to Port Moresby flying at 6,000' altitude.
Lt. Steele was last seen entering extremely bad weather at 6,000'. Radio tracked him over the mountains until 6:30pm when nothing further was received. It was presumed to have crashed out of fuel in the mountains near Port Moresby. When his aircraft failed to return, Steele was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA). Lt. Denton landed safely at Port Moresby.
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