10° 40' 0S Long 152° 45' 0E Misima Island is located to the northeast
of Deboyne Island Group.
During the Battle
of the Coral Sea on May 7, 1942 at midnight the Navy Cover
Group, commanded by Rear-Admiral Goto, including the Shoho, four heavy cruisers and one destroyer with the invasion Group of 11 transports passed near Misima Island bound for the Jomard Passage towards Port Moresby. At 10:40am carrier aircraft from the USS Lexington (CV-2) spotted an aircraft carrier, two or three cruisers,
and some destroyers. 92 USN carrier aircraft attacked, sinking Shoho at 11:35am.
Pilot Hemsworth shot down and MIA May 6, 1942
F4 Lightning Serial Number 41-2125
Pilot Staller crashed August 13, 1943 pilot remains recovered
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February 4, 2018