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|Pilot 1st Lt. Lawrence R. McKulla (rescued) WA
Crashed January 26, 1943
At roughly Lat 7° 30' S, Long 157° 40' E, the pair spotted a flying boat, H6K Mavis piloted by Kira and made a single firing pass from below, damaging the hull, wounding several aboard and killing the tail gunner.
Six escorting A6M Zeros from the 252 Kokutai failed to noticed their low approach and dove down to intercept the Airacobras after their single firing pass. During the dogfight between the Zeros and the pair of Airacobras, Fiedler claimed one "Zero Mark 2" (A6M3 Hamp) south off Wagina Island, east of Choiseul and managed to escape. McCulla was shot down by a Zeros but managed to successfully bailed out.
Fate of the Pilot
Postwar, McKulla joined the United States Air Force (USAF), served in the Korean War and retired with the rank of Colonel. He died on August 16, 1968 and is buried at Mountain View Cemetery in Auburn, WA at plot 4th slope.
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