|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 Air Force (USAAF) as P-38G serial number unknown. 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 1st Lt. Wallace L. Dinn, Jr. on a mission. Over Vella Lavella the left engine caught fire and burned. This P-38 dropped out of formation and was never seen again. When this aircraft failed to return, it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
Dinn was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
Previously, Dinn had survived bailing out of P-39 Airacobra over Santa Isabel Island on October 28, 1942 and returned to duty.
Missing Air Crew Report 593 (MACR 593)
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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September 26, 2018