|Pilot Lt. Thomas E. Edwards, Jr., O-078719 (MIA / KIA) TX
Crashed January 30, 1943
Edwards enlisted in the U. S. Navy (USN) during 1933 and graduated U. S. Naval Academy (USNA) class of 1937. He participated in the Battle of the Coral Sea. When he died, he was 27 years old.
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 11758. Assigned to the USS Enterprise CV-6 to squadron VF-10 "Grim Reapers". No known nickname or nose art.
On January 30, 1943 took off from USS Enterprise CV-6 off Rennell Island on a mission to intercept Japanese bombers from the 705 Kokutai and 751 Kokutai attacking U. S. Navy vessels during the during the Battle of Rennell Island.
When this Wildcat failed to return, it was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).
Edwards was officially declared dead on the day of the mission. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. Edwards earned the Navy Cross.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Thomas E. Edwards Jr.
Lt Thomas E Edwards, Jr (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Thomas E. Edwards, Jr (family details)
The First Team and the Guadalcanal Campaign page 325, 405, 502 (photo), 526
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February 4, 2018