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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. 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 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).

Memorials
Lewis was officially declared dead on January 7, 1946. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

References
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List July 1943 F4F 11724 pilot Lewis missing 7/18/1943

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

Tech Info
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MIA
MIA
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