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  F4F-4 Wildcat Bureau Number 03454  
USMC
MAW-1
MAG-23
VMF-212

Pilot  Lt. Col. Harold W. Bauer, O-004534 (MIA / KIA, BR) Woodruff, KS
MIA  November 14, 1942


Aircraft History
Built by Grumman Corporation in Bethpage, New York as a model G-36 with manually operated folding wings. Delivered to the United States Navy (USN) as F4F-4 Wildcat bureau number 03454. Shipped overseas to the South Pacific.

Wartime History
Assigned to the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) to 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (1st MAW), Marine Aircraft Group 23 (MAG-23) to Marine Fighting Squadron 212 (VMF-212) "Hell Hounds / The Musketeers". No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On November 14, 1942 took off from Henderson Field on Guadalcanal piloted by Lt. Col. Harold W. Bauer on a combat mission. When this aircraft failed to return, Bauer was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Memorials
Bauer was officially declared dead on January 8, 1946. He earned the Medal of Honor and Purple Heart, posthumously. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. Afterwards, Port Vila Airport (Via Airfield) on Efaté Island in New Hebrides (Vanuatu) was renamed Bauer Field in honor of Lt. Col. Harold W. Bauer.

References
Navy Serial Number Search Results - F4F-4 Wildcat 03454
AAIR USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List November 1942 F4F Wildcat 03454 VMF-212 Lt. Col Bauer MIA
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Harold William Bauer
FindAGrave - LTC Harold William Bauer (photo, tablets of the missing photo)

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Last Updated
July 22, 2018

 

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