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|Pilot Captain Warren R. Danson, O-433813 (MIA / KIA) Sullivan, MO
MIA March 14, 1944 at 10:20am
Over Kairuru Island at 25,000' at 11:00am, the P-38s observed eight enemy aircraft were spotted 2,000' below and the P-38s released their drop tanks and dove down to make two passes. Danson was last observed in a shallow dive at 7,000' over the northwest tip of Mushu Island at 10:20am by his wingman Captain James E. McLaughlin.
He was believed to have crashed into the sea adjacent to Wewak and Kairuru Island at roughly Lat 3.23 Long 143.32. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
On March 16, 1944 a U. S. Navy PBY Catalina searched the same areas without results. On March 17, 1944 the same U. S. Navy PBY Catalina searched the area after receiving reports that a distress signal had been sent up at Kairuru Island. No sightings were ever made nor any distress signals observed.
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