|Pilot 1st James W. Hoyle, O-727469 (MIA / KIA) CA
MIA July 17, 1943 at 9:25am
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Constructors Number 222-7795. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38G-10-LO Lightning serial number 42-13361. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South Pacific and reassembled.
Assigned to the 13th Air Force (13th AF), 347th Fighter Group (347th FG), 339th Fighter Squadron (339th FS). No known nickname or nose art. When lost, engine V-1710-51-55 serial numbers: left 42-31914 right 42-29116. Armed with four .50 caliber machine guns and 20mm cannon makers and serial numbers unknown.
On July 17, 1943 took off from Fighter 2 (Kukum) on Guadalcanal piloted by 1st James W. Hoyle on a mission to escort B-24 Liberators on a bombing mission against Kahili Airfield. The weather was clear weather with unlimited visibility. This aircraft was last seen between Ballale and Kahili. Hoyle was last heard on the radio by F/O Arthur G. Stanley stating "Getting too hot for me, am parachuting" indicating he was going to bail out but no one else in the formation saw him do so. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA). Also lost was P-38G 43-2206 pilot 2nd Lt. Benjamin H. King (rescued).
Hoyle was officially declared dead on the day of the mission. He earned the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and Purple Heart, posthumously. Hoyle is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-38G-10-LO Lightning 42-13361
"13361 (339th FS, 347th FG) lost Jul 17, 1943, Solomon Islands. MACR 82"
Missing Air Crew Report 82 (MACR 82) created July 18, 1943
Missing Air Crew Report 83 (MACR 83) related to P-38G 43-2206 page 8 (map) includes Lt. Hoyle
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - James W. Hoyle
FindAGrave - 1Lt James W Hoyle (tablets of the missing)
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February 18, 2020