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  P-47D-23-RA Thunderbolt Serial Number 42-27993  
USAAF
5th AF
35th FG
40th FS

Pilot  1st Lt. Henry E. Ham, O-674835 (MIA / KIA, BR) Peoria, IL
MIA  July 13, 1944
MACR  8379

Aircraft History
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 South-West Pacific and reassembled.

Wartime History
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.

Wartime History
On July 13, 1944 took off from Nadzab Airfield (No. 3 Fighter Strip) at about 1330 hours to carry out a local test flight. It headed in an easterly direction and was never seen again. No contact was made with the aircraft after take off.

Search
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.

Memorials
Ham was officially declared dead the day of the mission. After his remains were recovered, Ham was buried at Manila American Cemetery at Plot A Row 12 Grave 74.

References
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Henry E. Ham
FindAGrave - 1Lt Henry E Ham (obituary)
Thanks to Kenneth Wilson for constructor number.

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Last Updated
May 22, 2017

 

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