MIA over Chichi jima 1943-1945

Details about those listed as missing or killed in the Pacific, including current search operations.

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MIA over Chichi jima 1943-1945

Post by Dan King » Wed May 31, 2006 2:03 pm

Does anyone have information on US pilots shot down over the island and listed as MIA or KIA?

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Post by author109 » Mon Jun 05, 2006 3:38 pm

I have information on Chichi Jima MIA

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Post by Dan King » Wed Jun 07, 2006 2:26 pm

Author 109,
Do you know if any of the KIA or MIA US pilots flew Mustangs with yellow & black checkered tails?

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Post by author109 » Wed Jun 07, 2006 6:29 pm

No luck on black and yellow checker. Iwo Jima-based P-51 squadrons began operations in March 1945. Here are some squadrons (462nd w/ yellow marking on aft), (47th squadron w/ black and yellow triangle on tail), 78th fighter squadron w/ yellow and black stripe on tail).

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Post by author109 » Wed Jun 07, 2006 6:55 pm

So far I found, 3 July 1945, Richard H. Schroeppel, 78th Fighter Squadron, 15th Fighter Group. MIA, shotdown and was killed in a raft while waiting for rescue. Body not recovered.

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Post by Dan King » Thu Jun 08, 2006 7:31 pm

Thank you for your research. The tail was kind of crunched, so maybe it wasn't a checkered pattern, but it was definately a black & yellow design.
I want to return to the site and get serial numbers etc..to do some serious research and hopefully let his family / relatives know what happened to him.

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Post by author109 » Thu Jun 08, 2006 8:03 pm

There is also information on a P-51 that crashed on Chichi Jima circa March 1945.

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Post by Dan King » Sat Jun 10, 2006 11:28 am

author109,
What kind of information should I get from the wrecked plane to help identify exactly whose plane it was?

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Post by author109 » Mon Jun 12, 2006 8:12 am

That's a very good question. I'd check and see what squadrons had a black and yellow design, see which of those squadrons list as pilot as MIA over Chichi Jima, check for any serial number on the aircraft, see if you can find a MACR.

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Post by TsgtE662 » Sun Feb 04, 2007 4:24 pm

The book Flyboys by James Bradley is about 9 American airman shot down over Chichi Jima including George H. W. Bush who was rescued. The others were not.

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