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  F4F-4 Wildcat Bureau Number 11992 Code F 16

Pilot  Ensign Leroy W. Childs O-125455 USNR (MIA / KIA) OR
MIA  May 6, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Grumman Corporation in Bethpage, New York as a model G-36 with manually operated folding wings. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as F4F-4 Wildcat bureau number 1192. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South Pacific and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to squadron VF-11 "Sun Downers" with squadron code "F 16". No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On May 6, 1943 took off from Henderson Field on Guadalcanal piloted by Ensign Leroy W. Childs on a mission. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Childs was officially declared dead on May 7, 1944. He earned the  Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously. Childs is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing. He also has a memorial marker at Idlewilde Cemetery in Hood River, OR.

Navy Serial Number Search Results - F4F-4 Wildcat 11992

USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List May 1943 F4F 11992 VF-11
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Leroy W. Childs
FindAGrave - Ens Leroy W Childs (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Ens Leroy Winston Childs (memorial maker)
Eleven "Planes In Peril Part 1" 28:38 - 29:29 describes the loss of F-4F Wildcat code F 16 piloted by Childs

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Last Updated
June 29, 2019


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