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  F4F-4 Wildcat Bureau Number 12059  
USN
CAG-21
VF-21

Pilot  Ensign Jack H. Redinger, O-145522 USNR (MIA / KIA) MI
MIA  July 15, 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-F Wildcat bureau number 12059. Disassembled and shipped across the Pacific to the South Pacific.

Wartime History
Assigned to Carrier Air Group 21 (CAG-21) to squadron VF-21. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On July 15, 1943 took off from Henderson Field on Guadalcanal piloted by Ensign Jack H. Redinger on a patrol mission over Rendova. At 2:00pm, a large formation of Japanese G4M1 Betty bombers escorted by Zeros was spotted over Kolombangara Island and intercepted the formation. Also intercepting were P-40 Warhawks from the 44th Fighter Squadron and F4U Corsairs from VMF-213. When this aircraft failed to return, the pilot was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA). Also lost were P-40 Warhawk piloted by Murray (MIA) and F4U Corsair 02599 (MIA).

Memorials
Redinger was officially declared dead January 7, 1946. He earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously. Redinger is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. He also has a memorial marker at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery at plot MA, 0, 16.

References
Navy Serial Number Search Results - F4F Wildcat 12059
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List July 1943 - F4F Wildcat 12059 pilot Ens Bedinger [sic, Redinger]
NARA Carrier Air Group Twenty-One War Diary 15 May to 5 August 1943 pages 18-2
(Page 19) "Our losses: Ensign Redinger, MIA."
NARA CINCPAC War Diary July 1 - July 31, 1943 page 294
(Page 294) "15 July 1943. 1. Contacts and actions with the enemy in the Pacific Ocean Areas. 0330Z/15 - 27 Jap VB(M)s [G4M1 Betty] and 50 zeros were intercepted over Rendova by 44 Blue VF's. 15 VB(M)s and 30 zeros were shot down. We lost 3 pilots."
NARA Second Marine Aircraft Wing War Diary for July 1943
"July 15, 1943 - 1425 - Condition red declared when a large bogey was reported closing. Fighter cover was vectored to intercept them and contact was made at 26,000 feet. Twenty-nine enemy fighters and 15 medium bombers were destroyed as compared with our loss of three fighters. No planes reached Rendova."
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Jack H. Redinger
FindAGrave - Jack Hutto Redinger (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - Ens Jack H Redinger (tablets of the missing)

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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Wildcat

MIA
MIA
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