|Pilot 2nd Lt. Herman J. Bissonnette, O-676729 (MIA / KIA) MA
Crashed December 28, 1943
Built by Republic. Delivered to the U. S. Army, serial number unknown. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 58th Fighter Group, 310th Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
On December 28, 1943 took off on a mission and crashed into Idlers Bay
off Roku to the west of Port Moresby. According to locals, the pilot was severely wounded
in the crash and rescued by locals, but died immediately afterwards.
Over the decades, most of the wreck has been scrapped, only the engine,
and larger pieces still remain, in shallow water.
"During 2003, I snorkeled over this wreck. Only the engine and propeller hub were still there,
plus a few other bits of wreckage."
Bissonnette was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-47 Thunderbolt (Miscellaneous)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Herman J. Bissonnette
2Lt Herman J Bissonnette (tablets of the missing)
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February 4, 2018