|Pilot 1st James W. Hoyle, O-727469 (MIA / KIA) CA
MIA July 17, 1943 at 9:25am
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South Pacific and reassembled.
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 347th Fighter Group, 339th Fighter Squadron.
No known nickname or nose art. When lost, engine V-1710-51-55 serial numbers: left 42-31914 right 42-29116. Weapon serial numbers unknown.
On July 17, 1943 took off from Fighter 2 (Kukum) on Guadalcanal piloted by 1st James W. Hoyle on a mission to escort B-24 Liberators on a bombing mission against Kahili Airfield. Weather was clear weather and unlimited visibility. This aircraft was last seen between Ballale and Kahili.
Hoyle was officially declared dead on the day of the mission. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
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January 5, 2018