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|Pilot 2nd Lt. Robert Eric Thorpe, O-810434 (survived) Cranston,
Crashed February 25, 1944
Assigned to the 39th Fighter Squadron and flew his first combat mission from Port Moresby on February 2, 1943. He had flown seventeen combat mission during his first month in combat. Including operations over Hollandia. By April 1st he had flown 150 combat hours. Thorpe earned the Air Medal with oak leaf cluster and Purple Heart (posthumously). On May 27, 1944 Thorpe went Missing In Action (MIA) piloting P-47D 42-22661. In fact, he was captured and executed by the Japanese.
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