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|Pilot 1st Lt. Grant Smith (survived)
Crashed August 12, 1943
Over the target, the B-24s drop 520 x 100 lbs bombs on the runway and revetment areas and claim twenty aircraft destroyed on the ground. Returning, the formation is attacked by roughly 30 A6M Zeros over Ballale Island.
This P-40 was last seen by an F4U being chased by four Zeros at 15,000' over Choiseul Island, and only this P-40 failed to return and Lt. Smith was listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
Fate of the Crew
On August 30, he was rescued by VP-23 PBY Catalina piloted by Lt(jg) Elmer E. Laughlin, landing at 10:20am and departed at 10:42am back to Guadalcanal.
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