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  F4U-1 Corsair Bureau Number 02178  

Pilot  Major William E. Gise, O-005153 C. O. VMF-124 (MIA / KIA) Los Angeles, CA
MIA  May 13, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Vought. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as F4U-1 Corsair bureau number 02178. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South Pacific.

Wartime History
Assigned to the United States Marine Corps (USMC), 1st Marine Air Wing (MAW-1), Marine Air Group 11 (MAG-11), Marine Fighting Squadron 124 "Whistling Death/Wild Aces" VMF-124. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On May 13, 1943 one of fifteen F4U Corsairs that took off from Fighter 1 on Guadalcanal at 12:10pm piloted by Major William E. Gise leading a scramble to intercept incoming Japanese aircraft. Over the Russell Islands, engaged in a dog fight with A6M2 Zeros from 204 Kokutai. When this aircraft failed to return, Gise was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Later that afternoon, a search mission was conducted to search for Major Gise, without result.

Gise was declared dead on May 14, 1945. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. Posthumously, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and earned the Purple Heart. On May 14, 1943 Captain Brewer became the squadron's Commanding Officer (C.O.) and Captain Quilty Executive Officer (E.O.).

Navy Serial Number Search Results - F4U-1 Corsair 02178
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List May 1943 - F4U Corsair 02178
NARA VMF-124 War Diary May 1 to 31, 1943 pages 1-2
(Page 1) "May 13, 1943: Scramble at 1210 - Major Gise took off with fifteen planes to intercept. Contact was made over Russell's. Major Gise did not return and was reported missing in action."
(Page 2) "May 13, 1943 (con't) Search - Lts Walsh, Spencer, Langer, Rood made search for Major Gise - results negative."
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - William Edward Gise
FindAGrave - LTC William Edward Gise (tablets of the missing)
IJN Zero Battle Diary #1 victories and losses for Zero over Solomon from Feb. to July 1943 page 231

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Last Updated
August 10, 2019


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