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|Pilot 1st Lt. James L. Eubanks, O-434753 (MIA / KIA) CA
MIA October 19, 1943 at 11:25am
Returning, the formation was scissoring in elements of two over the lead bomber formation. Attacked by 10-12 Zeros. An enemy Zero was observed peeling off to try to make an overhead attack on Eubanks.
Flight leader Harris responded by pulling over to assist Eubanks, causing the enemy to pull back. While scissoring in formation, this P-38 was clipped by P-38H 42-66888 piloted by Richards causing the right wing of this aircraft to break off and the right engine explode.
Last seen by 2nd Lt. Jarrold D. Lilliedoll., the crash was observed by fellow pilots 1st Lt. John R Mulvey, 1st Lt. Bill Harris. Eubanks P-38 was observed with a small amount of white smoke coming from the right side before going into a flat spin, steepened out and crashed. Both aircraft crashed into the sea roughly three miles northeast of the East Cape of Fauro Island. No parachute was observed.
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