|Pilot 1st Lt. Michael J. Carter, O-727403 (MIA / KIA) CA
Crashed February 4, 1943
Carter was assigned to the 18th Fighter Group, 44th Fighter Squadron. He earned the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart.
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Delivered U. S. Army serial number unknown. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 347th Fighter Group, 68th Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
On February 4, 1943 took off from Fighter 2 (Kukum) on Guadalcanal piloted by Carter on an escort mission for SBD Dauntless dive bombers. Weather was clear with good visibility. While off the east coast of New Georgia at 17:00, this aircraft was accidentally shot down by F4F Wildcat. Carter was observed to bail out, but was never seen again and declared Missing In Action (MIA).
Carter was declared dead on December 13, 1945. Memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 610
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Michael J. Carter
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January 5, 2018