|Pilot Lt(jg) William C. Rhodes, O-263740, USNR (MIA / KIA) Bristow, OK
MIA July 18, 1943
Built by Chance-Vought. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as F4U-1 Corsair bureau number unknown. Sent overseas to the South Pacific.
Assigned to the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) to squadron VMF-121 "The Green Knights". No known nickname or nose art.
On July 18, 1943 took off from Henderson Field on Guadalcanal piloted by Lt(jg) William C. Rhodes on an escort mission for B-24 Liberators bombing Kahilli Airfield on southern Bougainville. Over the target, the formation was intercepted enemy aircraft. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).
Rhodes was officially declared dead on February 17, 1946. He is memorialized at the courts of the missing at Honolulu Cemetery (Punchbowl) on court 1. Rhodes earned the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), Air Medal with 2 Gold Stars and Purple Heart, posthumously.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - William C. Rhodes
LtJg William C Rhodes (obituary, courts of the missing photo)
AAIR USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List July 1943 - F4U piloted by Rhodes July 18, 1943 no bureau number listed
Chronicles of Oklahoma, Volume 24, 1946. No. 3, Oklahoma War Memorial---World War II [PDF]
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June 29, 2019