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|Pilot 1st Lt. Raymond P. Wiedmeyer, O-686045 (MIA / KIA) WI
MIA October 14, 1944 at 10:55am
Wiedmeyer was flying in the no. 4 position of "Beaver Red Flight". Before reaching the target, Wiedmeyer signaled to his element leader in the no. 3 position, 1st Lt. Walter L. Sweeny that his radio was not working or transmitting. Over the target at 10:35am at 20,000', the weather was generally clear with towering cumulus clouds north of the target up to 25,000' and light cumulus off the northeast end of Manggar.
Making "S turns" down the coast, the formation became strung out with Ki-43 Oscars observed in front of them, their first element, more Ki-43 Oscars, P-47 piloted by Sweeny, an Oscar then Wiedmeyer.
After making a firing pass, the Oscar on the tail of Sweeny opened fire on him. Wiedmeyer opened fire on the Oscar causing it to explode in mid-air and fall into the sea. Diving away, Sweeney observed an enemy aircraft closing in on a crippled P-47, and went to its aid but lost sight of Wiedmeyer and had to evade another Oscar on his tail.
Last seen at approximately 1 degree 13' S 116 degree 57' E, Wiedmeyer failed to rejoin the formation and was never seen again. Since there was no evidence of him crashing, there is a possibility he bailed out or force landed.
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