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|Pilot Captain Jack Arnold Nichols, O-010292 (MIA / KIA) Baxter, IA
MIA July 30, 1943
Meanwhile, A6M Zeros took off from Ballale Airfield climbed above and released two phosphorus bombs in an attempt to break up the Allied formation. Over the target, anti-aircraft fire was severe, but the bombers dropped 22 tons of bombs. Zeros attacked when the formation left the target area. The RNZAF made no claims and had two planes slightly damaged.
When this aircraft failed to return, Nichols was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).
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