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  P-47D-15-RA Thunderbolt Serial Number 42-23208  
USAAF
5th AF
58th FG
69th FS

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September 1944

Pilot  2nd Lt. Arthur F. Cain, Jr., O-814648 (MIA / KIA) Bath, ME
Crashed  January 17, 1945 at 1200
MACR  11850

Pilot History
Enlisted August 1942, aviation cadet in February 1943 and commissioned November. Assigned to the 69th FS and flew in New Guinea and the Philippines. Cain earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart (posthumously).

Aircraft History
Built by Republic at the Indiana Division of Republic Aviation in Evansville, IN. Constructor Number 959. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South-West Pacific and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 58th Fighter Group, 69th Fighter Squadron. When lost engine R-2800-63 serial number 42-125818. Machine gun serial numbers unknown.

Mission History
One of eight P-47s that took off from Hill Airfield at 8:30 am to escort A-20 Havocs attacking Laoag. They strafed 5 Sugar Dogs and 1 Sugar Charlie anchored off Salomague. This aircraft crashed into the water one-half mile off shore near Vigan.

Cain bailed out at 1,000' and was seen to smack against his aircraft before it sank. An immediate search showed no trace of pilot. One wheel was afloat in the oil slick. Afterwards, he was listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Memorials
Officially declared dead the day of the mission. Memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

Relatives
Harry Larrabee, Sr. (nephew of Cain)

References
Thanks to 58th Fighter Association for mission details via Kenneth Breaux
No Glamour... No Glory! The Story of the 58th Fighter Group of World War II, page 224
Thanks to Kenneth D. Wilson for constructor number

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February 4, 2018

 

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