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|Pilot 2nd Lt. James O. Rice, O-702841 (MIA / KIA) KY
MIA September 2, 1944 at 4:30pm
Weather was heavy cumulus clouds at 6,000'. Due to the clouds, the mission was aborted and the four aircraft attempted to return to base in close formation to maintain visual contact and fly the shortest route to Biak. Shomo's P-40 suffered an engine failure when his drop tank was empty and lost contact with the three P-39s. Trying them over the radio, but only heard a buzzing sound in reply. Low on fuel, Shomo returned to base alone. Lost were this aircraft and P-39Q 44-3569 piloted by Bailey and P-39Q 42-20357 piloted by Ronning.
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