|Pilot 1st Lt. Kenneth A. G. Wallace O-021053 (MIA / KIA) MI
Crashed March 3, 1945
Built by Goodyear Aircraft Corporation in Akron, Ohio as model V-166B. Delivered to the United States Navy (USN) as FG-1A Corsair bureau number 14241. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the Pacific and reassembled.
Assigned to the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) 4th Marine Air Wing, Marine Air Group 11 (MAG-11) to Marine Fighting Squadron 144 (VMF-114) "Death Dealers". This aircraft had no known nickname, nose art or squadron number.
On March 3, 1945 took off Peleliu Airfield on Pelilu Island piloted by 1st Lt. Kenneth A. G. Wallace on a four plane strafing mission and barge sweep over Babelthuap Island. When this aircraft failed to return it was declared Missing In Action (MIA).
Recovery of Remains
After the crash, the remains of the pilot were recovered and buried. Later, his remains were transported to the Philippines for permanent burial.
This Corsair crashed into a hillside south of Ngaremiengui on Babelthuap Island. During 2001, the wreckage of this Corsair relocated and identified by Bent Prop during their P-MAN I expedition.
Wallace was officially declared dead on March 3, 1945 and earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously. Postwar, he was buried at Manila American Cemetery at Plot F Row 11 Grave 71.
Navy Serial Number Search Results - FG-1A Corsair 14241
"14241 (VMF-114) impacted hillside at Palau, unknown date. Pilot killed."
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List March 1945 - FG-1A Corsair 14241
NARA VMF-114 War Diary - March 1-31, 1945 page 1, 11
"[Page 1] 3 March 1945 - Lieutenant K. A. Wallace, while in a low strafing run on a four-plane barge sweep over Babelthuap, was seen to crash into the ground and is presumed by witnesses to have been killed. (See ACA-1 Report No. 23-45)."
"[Page 11] Aircraft Lost: Combat: FG-1A, Bu. No. 14241, A/A fire, 3Mar45."
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Kenneth A. G. Wallace
1Lt Kenneth A G Wallace (tablets of the missing)
Thanks to Patrick Scannon / Bent Prop for additional information
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June 29, 2019