|Pilot Ensign Alberto C. Nisi, O-282976 USNR (MIA / KIA) Worcester,
MIA July 4, 1944
Built by Grumman as model 50. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as F6F-3 Hellcat Bureau Number 43041.
Assigned to the U. S. Navy to the USS Wasp (CV-18) to Fighting Squadron 14 (VF-14) "Iron Eagles". No known nickname or nose art.
On July 4, 1944 took off from the USS Wasp (CV-18) piloted by Ensign Alberto C. Nisi on a fighter sweep over Iwo
Jima. Over the target, the formation was intercepted by A6M5
Zero from the 301 Kōkūtai. This Hellcat was last seen going
into a cloud off Iwo
Jima and failed to return. Likely, this Hellcat was shot down by an intercepting A6M5
Zeros. When Nisi failed to return he was listed as Missing In Action (MIA). Also lost was F6F 41879 (MIA)
Nisi was officially declared dead on February 4, 1946. He earned the Purple Heart, posthumously. Nisi is memorialized at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) at the Honolulu Memorial on the courts of the missing, court 1.
Terrence Nisi (son)
One of the A6M5 Zero pilots who intercepted on July 4, 1944 and claimed one Hellcat shot down was Kunio Iwashita. On his own initiative, he decided to seek out the relatives of the Hellcat pilot he likely shot down, and meet with them to pay his respects and share his side of the mission. On July 20, 2003 Mr. Iwashita with his wife and daughter met the relatives of Alberto Nisi, including his widow, son and grandson.
Navy Serial Number Search Results - F6F Hellcat 43041
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List July 1944 - F6F 43041
Kodochosho, 301 Kōkūtai, July 4, 1944
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) -
Alberto C. Nisi
FindAGrave - Ens Alberto C Nisi (tablets of the missing photo)
World War II Veterans Committee "The Face of A Young Pilot Shot Down Over Iwo Jima" by Justin Taylan Issue XXVIII Spring 2005
Thanks to Terrance Nisi and Kunio Iwashita for additional information
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July 4, 2019