|Pilot 1st Lt. Henry E. Ham, O-674835 (MIA / KIA, BR) Peoria, IL
MIA July 13, 1944
Built by Republic at the Indiana Division of Republic Aviation in Evansville, IN. Constructor Number 2155. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the Pacific and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 35th Fighter Group, 40th Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. When lost engine R-2800-59 AAF serial number FP-002011. Weapon serial numbers noted in Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 8379.
On July 13, 1944 at 1:30pm took off from Nadzab Airfield No. 3 (Fighter Strip) piloted by 1st Lt. Henry E. Ham on a local test flight. This P-47 was observed flying in an easterly direction. No contact was made with the aircraft after take off. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
The next day, twelve P-47s searched for this aircraft for two and a half hours. Six searched the Markham Valley between Nadzab and Gusap. The other six searched from Nadzab to Lae and along the Huon Gulf along the coast towards Finschafen. Neither group found any trace, flying at 1,500' to 500'.
Recovery of Remains
Afterwards, this aircraft was found and Ham's remains were recovered. Postwar, his remains were transported to the Philippines for permanent burial.
Ham was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart. He was buried at Manila American Cemetery at plot A row 12 grave 74.
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Henry E. Ham
USAF Serial Number Search Results -
P-47D-23-RA Thunderbolt 42-27993
"27993 (40th FS, 35th FG, 5th AF) crashed from unknown cause near Nadzab Airfield, Morobe, Papua New Guinea Jul 13, 1944. MACR 8379. Aircraft never found."
Missing Air Crew Report 8379 (MACR 8379)
created July 15, 1944
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) -
Henry E. Ham
1Lt Henry E Ham (obituary, grave photo)
Thanks to Kenneth Wilson for constructor number.
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July 7, 2019