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  F4F-4 Wildcat Bureau Number 11992 Code F 16

Pilot  Ensign Leroy W. Childs O-125455 USNR (MIA / KIA) OR
MIA  May 6, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Grumman Corporation in Bethpage, New York as a model G-36 with manually operated folding wings. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as F4F-4 Wildcat bureau number 1192. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South Pacific and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to squadron VF-11 "Sun Downers" with squadron code "F 16". No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On May 6, 1943 took off from Henderson Field on Guadalcanal piloted by Ensign Leroy W. Childs on a mission. When this aircraft failed to return, pilot Childs was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Childs was officially declared dead on May 7, 1944. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. He also has a memorial marker at Idlewilde Cemetery  in Hood River, OR. Childs earned the  Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.

American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Leroy W. Childs
FindAGrave - Ens Leroy W Childs (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Ens Leroy Winston Childs (memorial maker)
AAIR USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List May 1943 F4F 11992 VF-11
Eleven "Planes In Peril Part 1" 28:38 - 29:29 describes the loss of F-4F Wildcat code F 16 piloted by Childs

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018


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