|Pilot Ensign James M. Lewis, O-156700 (USNR) (MIA / KIA) TX
MIA July 18, 1943
Built by Grumman as a model G-36 with manually operated folding wings. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as F4F-4 Wildcat bureau number 11724. Assigned to squadron VF-28 "Wolves". No known nickname or nose art.
On July 18, 1943 took off from Banika Island in the Russell Island Group on an escort mission for B-24s bombing Kahili Airfield on southern Bougainville. Over the target, intercepted enemy fighters. When this Wildcat failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
Lewis was officially declared dead on January 7, 1946. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List July 1943 F4F 11724
pilot Lewis missing 7/18/1943
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February 4, 2018