|Pilot Ensign Alberto C. Nisi, O-282976 USNR (MIA / KIA) Worcester,
MIA July 4, 1944
Alberto Nisi was born May 29, 1918 in Worcester, Massachusetts. He enlisted in the U. S. Navy Reserve prior to
being assigned to combat. When lost on July 4, 1944 He earned the Purple Heart (posthumously).
Built by Grumman. Assigned to the U. S. Navy to the USS Wasp (CV-18) to squadron VF-14 "Iron Eagles". No known nickname or nose art.
On July 4, 1944 took off from the USS Wasp (CV-18) on a fighter sweep over Iwo
Jima. Over the target, the formation was intercepted by A6M5
Zero from the 301 Kōkūtai. This Hellcat was last seen going
into a cloud off Iwo
Jima and failed to return. Likely, this Hellcat was shot down by an intercepting A6M5
Zeros. When Nisi failed to return he was listed as Missing In Action (MIA). Also lost was F6F 41879.
Nisi was officially declared dead on February 4, 1946. He is memorialized at the Honolulu Memorial in the courts of the missing, court 1 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl).
Terrence Nisi (son)
Meeting with Relatives
One of the Zero pilots who intercepted the attacking Hellcats on July 4, 1944 and claimed one shot down was Zero pilot Kunio Iwashita. On his own initiative, he decided to seek out the relatives of the Hellcat pilot he likely shot down, and meet with them to pay his respects and share with them his side of the mission. On July 20, 2003 Mr. Iwashita with his wife and daughter met the relatives of Alberto Nisi, including his widow, son and grandson.
Kodochosho, 301 Kōkūtai, July 4, 1944
AAIR - USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List July 1944
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) -
Alberto C. Nisi
FindAGrave - Ens Alberto C Nisi (tablets of the missing photo)
World War II Veterans Committee "The Face of A Young Pilot Shot Down Over Iwo Jima" by Justin Taylan
Issue XXVIII Spring 2005
Thanks to Terrance Nisi and Kunio Iwashita for additional information
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January 5, 2018