|Pilot 1st Lt. John R. Casey, Jr, O-429757 (MIA / KIA)
MIA February 25, 1943
Built by Bell. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number AP267. Painted in a three-color camouflage scheme. Instead, delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 8th Fighter Group, 35th Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
Departed Milne Bay as a member of a flight bound for Mareeba Airfield. The flight arrived safely at Cooktown (exact date unknown). Due to mechanical trouble, Lt Casey was unable to take off with his flight at remained at Cooktown Airfield.
On February 25, 1943 took off from Cooktown Airfield at 11:45 hours on a flight bound for Mareeba Airfield. When this aircraft failed to arrive it was declared Missing In Action (MIA).
Casey was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
Missing Aircrew Report (MACR) 16433
American Battle Monuments Commission - John R. Casey Jr.
FindAGrave - 1Lt John R Casey, Jr (tablets of the missing)
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this profile
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January 5, 2018