|Pilot 2nd Lt Frederick W. Voorhis, O-661406 (MIA / KIA) MO
MIA January 16, 1943
Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U.S. Army, serial number unknown. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 35th Fighter Group, 41st Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. No known nose number.
On January 16, 1943 took off from 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby as one of six patrolling the Buna area. It was last observed at 8:05am by Lt Voorhis' flight leader, Captain Francis R. Royal, to leave the flight north of Oro Bay, and head to the southwest. This AIracobra failed to return and was declared Missing In Action (MIA).
Voorhis was posthumously promoted to the rank of 1st Lieutenant
as of July 3, 1945. He was officially declared dead on December 15, 1945. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
Possibly, this aircraft was P-400 Airacobra AP278
No Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) was created for this aircraft loss
41st Fighter Squadron Diary
"Casualty List – Missing in action. Lt. Voorhis was reported missing in action as of 16 January, 1943 over Buna area."
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-39 Piloted by Voorhis
This P-39 Airacobra is coded "JPAC 1256"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Frederick D. Voorhis
FindAGrave - 1Lt Frederick D Voorhis
Thanks to Edward Rogers and Daniel Leahy for their assistance with this profile
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February 4, 2018