|Pilot 1st Lt James L. Fowler, O-023232 (MIA / KIA) CA
MIA August 30, 1943
Built by Vought. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as F4U-1 Corsair bureau number 02516. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the Pacific and reassembled.
Assigned to the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW-1), Marine Aircraft Group 11 (MAG-11)
to Marine Fighting Squadron 124 "Whistling Death/Wild Aces" VMF-124. This aircraft had no known nickname, nose art or squadron number.
On August 30, 1943 took off from Barakoma Airfield on Vella Lavella Island piloted by 1st Lt James L. Fowler and joined other Allied aircraft escorting B-24 Liberators on a bombing mission over Kahilli Airfield on southern Bougainville. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
Fowler was officially declared dead on February 15, 1945 and earned the Purple Heart, posthumously. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
Navy Serial Number Search Results - F4U-1 Corsair 02516
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List August 1943 - F4U Corsair 02516
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - James L. Fowler
FindAGrave - 1LT James L Fowler (tablets of the missing)
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February 14, 2020