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|Pilot 2nd Lt. Clifford O. Taylor, O-666579 (MIA / KIA) Polk County, IA
MIA September 10, 1943
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Constructors Number 222-7522. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as F-5A-10-LO Lightning serial number 42-13088. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group (6th PRG), 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron (8th PRS). No known nickname or nose art. When lost, engines V-1710-51 and V-1710-55 serial numbers 42-28328 and 42-32282.
On September 10, 1943 at 1:30pm took off from Dobodura Airfield (Kalamazoo) pilot 2nd Lt. Clifford O. Taylor on a flight bound for 14 Mile Drome (Schwimmer) near Port Moresby. This aircraft was last seen over the junction of the Awaru River and Moni River over the Owen Stanley Mountains at roughly Lat 9° 10' Long 148° 18'. When this aircraft failed to arrive it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
Taylor was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Clifford O. Taylor
USAF Serial Number Search Results - F-5A-10-LO Lightning 42-13088
"13088 (8th PRS, 6th PRG) lost Sep 10, 1943, Papua New Guinea. MACR 617"
Missing Air Crew Report 617 (MACR 617)
American Battle Monuments Commission (AMBC) - Clifford O. Taylor
FindAGrave - 2Lt Clifford O Taylor (tablets of the missing photo)
In Defense of Freedom (2015) by Wolfgang W.E. Samuel chapter Byron A. Dobbs Jr. diary
"14 September 1943 – We got orders to return to Moresby, which made everyone plenty happy. Got to Moresby and the first thing I heard was that Taylor was missing. This was a real shock. He was enroute to Moresby from Dobodura and ran into bad weather. This evening I had to help sort and pack his personal belongings to be sent home."
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