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|Pilot 2nd Lt. Frank G. Putnam (MIA / KIA)
Crashed December 27, 1943
After take off, the formation rendezvoused over Empress Augusta Bay. Shortly after take off, Lt. Barton aborted the mission because his landing gear who not retract but on the ground Lt. Hancock heard about his return over the radio and took off to replace him in the formation but was unable to catch them and returned to base. Lt Means spotted a friendly plane down in Matchin Bay and aborted the mission to circle it until a PBY Catalina arrived to rescue the pilot. Also, Lt. Conrad aborted due to a hydraulic failure.
Roughly five miles southeast of Rabaul, 10-12 enemy planes were spotted by the Corsairs taking off from Lakunai Airfield. The VMF-216 formation was instructed to make a wide turn to come in behind the Zeros and engaged them in air combat. Putnam was last seen at the start of the first attack run then failed to rejoin the formation after the combat.
Major Hargraves, Executive Officer from VMF-216 reported last seeing him in a shallow glide dive near Rabaul. When this Corsair failed to return, Putnam was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
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