|Pilot 1st Lt. Wallace L. Dinn, Jr., O-431949 (MIA / KIA) Corpus Christi, TX
MIA January 5, 1943
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 5th Air Force, 347th Fighter Group, 339th Fighter Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.
On January 5, 1943 took off from Fighter 2 Airfield on Guadalcanal piloted by Dinn. Over Vella Lavella the left engine caught fire and burned. This P-38 dropped out of formation and was never seen again. When this Lightning failed to return, Dinn was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
Dinn was officially declared dead
Previously, Dinn had survived bailing out of P-39 Airacobra over Santa Isabel Island on October 28, 1942 and returned to duty.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Wallace L. Dinn Jr.
The Bell Ringer Vol 3, No. 9 "Birdman of the Solomons" August 1943 page 26-29
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January 5, 2018