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  F6F-3 Hellcat Bureau Number 25940  

Pilot  Lt(jg) Wayne C. Presley, O-099691 (MIA / KIA) CA
Force Landed  September 16, 1943

Pilot History
Presley was part of the US Navy Reserve. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with Gold Star and Purple Heart (posthumously).

Aircraft History
Built by Grumman. Assigned to the US Navy to VF-38.

Mission History
On September 16, 1943 took off from Munda Airfield piloted by Lt(jg) Wayne C. Presley

as part of the escort for 24 TBFs and 31 SBDs attacking Ballale Island. The escort consisted of 13 Hellcats from VF-38 and 11 from VF-40, in addition to other F6F, F4U, P-40, P-38's making up a total of 71 escorting fighters.

Over the target, 40-50 intercepting Zeros and Tonys were met, and heavy anti-aircraft over the target. This aircraft was observed to crash in the sea, and pilot is listed as MIA.

Declared dead on January 9, 1946. Memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

Thanks to Frank Olynyk for additional information

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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