|Pilot Ensign Jesse E. McNinch, O-320520 USNR (MIA / KIA) Richland County, SC
MIA September 16, 1944
Built by Grumman. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN). Assigned to USS Sangamon CVE-26 to squadron VF-37. No known nickname or nose art.
On September 16, 1944 took off from USS Sangamon (CVE-26) on a mission to attack airfields on Halamahera While strafing near Galela (Galeia), this Hellcat hit trees and crashed. When this Hellcat failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
McNinch was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously. McNinch is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. McNinch also has a memorial marker at Elmwood Memorial Gardens in Columbia, SC.
Navy Serial Number Search Results - F6F Hellcat 58043
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List September 1944 - F6F Hellcat 58043
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) -
Jesse E. McNinch
Ens Jesse E McNinch (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Jesse Elwyn McNinch (memorial marker)
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January 5, 2018