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  F4F-4 Wildcat Bureau Number 11724  
USN
VF-28

Pilot  Ensign James M. Lewis, O-156700 (USNR) (MIA / KIA) TX
MIA July 18, 1943


Aircraft History
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.

Wartime History
Assigned to squadron VF-28 "Wolves". No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On July 18, 1943 took off from Banika Island in the Russell Island Group piloted by Ensign James M. Lewis on a mission to escort B-24 Liberators 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).

Memorials
Lewis was officially declared dead on January 7, 1946. He earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously. Lewis is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.

References
Navy Serial Number Search Results - F4F-4 Wildcat 11724
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List July 1943 F4F 11724 pilot Lewis missing 7/18/1943
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - James M. Lewis

FindAGrave - Ens James M Lewis (tablets of the missing)

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Last Updated
July 22, 2018

 

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