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  P-47D-28-RA "Claire-Doll III" Serial Number 42-28500  
USAAF
5th AF
35th FG
41st FS

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Wiedmeyer May 1944

Pilot  1st Lt. Raymond P. Wiedmeyer, O-686045 (MIA / KIA) WI
MIA  October 14, 1944 at 10:55am
MACR  10025

Aircraft History
Built by Republic at the Indiana Division of Republic Aviation in Evansville, IN. Constructor Number 2662 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, 41st Fighter Squadron. Nicknamed "Claire-Doll III". When lost, engine serial number R-2600-59 serial number FF-003847. Weapon serial numbers noted in MACR.

Mission History
One of eight P-47s from the 41st Fighter Squadron that took off from Wama Airfield (Guama, Morotai) on Morotai with other P-47s from the 40th Fighter Squadron on a fighter sweep over Manggar Airfield in support of the bombing mission by B-24s of the oil refineries at Balikpapan.

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.

Search
Later that day, a PBY Catalina searched for Wiedmeyer with nil results. He was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Memorials
Officially declared dead on February 21, 1946. Memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

Relatives
Tom Wiedmeyer (nephew)

References
Thanks to Tom Wiedmeyer for additional information and Kenneth Wilson for constructor number

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Last Updated
May 22, 2017

 

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