|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. 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. Weapon 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. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
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.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - James W. Hoyle
FindAGrave - 1Lt James W Hoyle (tablets of the missing)
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June 29, 2019