|Pilot 1st Lt. William John Fenker, O-692898 (MIA / KIA) OH
MIA June 3, 1945 at 11:00am
Built by North American in Ingelwood, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the Central Pacific and reassembled.
Assigned to the 7th Air Force, 21st Fighter Group, 531st Fighter Squadron. Nicknamed "Ramblin' Rebel". When lost, engine V-1650-7 serial number V-328744. Weapon serial numbers noted in Missing Air Crew Report 14646 (MACR 14646).
On June 3, 1945 took off from Motoyama No. 1 (Chidori, Central Field) on Iwo Jima, flying as "Yellow 3" without a wingman on a dive bombing and strafing mission against Chi Chi Jima.
Weather was scattered clouds over the target and excellent, aside for a few thin clouds over the center of the island.
Over the target, bombed radio station no. 7. During the bomb run, Fenker's bomb hit the target and he climbed away with no anti-aircraft fire observed. Afterwards, Fenker called on the radio to ask permission to make a strafing run against a ship on the southwest coast of the island, and no further contact was heard from him. No oil slick or smoke was observed around the island.
Fenker was officially declared dead on the day of the mission. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Honolulu Cemetery (Punchbowl) at court 7. Fenker is also memorialized on a memorial plaque at Remembrance Park, in front of Converse Hall ( ROTC Building) at Ohio State University commemorating students who died in service. The memorial is located slightly to the northeast of Ohio Stadium (The Famous "Horseshoe").
Missing Air Crew Report 14646 (MACR 14646) was created on June 3, 1945
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - William J. Fenker
FindAGrave - 1Lt William J Fenker (tablets of the missing)
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January 5, 2018