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|Pilot 1st Lt. Jess E. Gidley, O-732221 (MIA / KIA) CA
MIA January 23, 1944 at 11:20am
Over the target, Gidley was observed to drop back in formation and reported via the radio that "he was snafu" to 1st Lt. Leland B. Blair. This was the last time Gidley was observed before the P-38s were intercepted by Japanese fighters. During the combat, three P-38s were observed going down. One collided with a Ki-61 Tony and the other two shot down, with one pilot bailing out. This P-38 was believed to have crashed to the east of Cape Moem.
When this aircraft failed to return it was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA). When this P-38 failed to return, it was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA). Also lost are P-38H 42-66852 (MIA) and P-38H 42-66539 (MIA).
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