|Pilot 1st Lt. Thomas S. Ingram, O-661322 (MIA / KIA) Orlando, FL
MIA November 1, 1942
Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number AP367 and 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, 35th Fighter Group, 41st Fighter Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.
On November 1, 1942 took off from 7 Mile Drome (Jackson) near Port Moresby at noon as part of a formation of Airacobras led by C.O. Doss on a mission to escort three C-47 Dakotas to Pongani Airfield.
Returning, the Airacobra formation encountered a weather front that closed in. The base of the overcast was at 1,000' with the top at roughly 28,000'. This Airacobra was last seen entering the overcast over the Owen Stanley Mountains and failed to return. Also lost was P-400 Airacobra AP266 piloted by 1st Lt. Zabel.
No search was made for the two missing pilots.
Ingram was officially declared dead on December 9, 1945. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF) -
Thomas S. Ingram
41st FS Diary November 1, 1942 "weather closed in and Lt. Ingram and Lt. Zabel became lost, and never returned."
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-400 Airacobra piloted by Ingram
Joe Baugher "Airacobra I for RAF, P-400"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) -
Thomas S. Ingram
DPMO Service Personnel Not Recovered Following WWII Ingram, Thomas S.
Los Angeles Times "A Brother, Though Still Missing, Is No Longer Lost" by Mike Downey June 27, 1999
Los Angeles Times "World War II, Human remains, Missing persons" by Mike Downey June 27, 1999
The Noble Generation, Volume 2 page 88-89
Thanks to Erick W. Kyro, Daniel Leahy, Bruce Hoy and Edward Rogers for additional information
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January 5, 2018