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  P-38G-10-LO Lightning Serial Number 42-13361  
13th AF
347th FG
339th FS

Pilot  1st James W. Hoyle, O-727469 (MIA / KIA) CA
MIA  July 17, 1943 at 9:25am
MACR  82

Aircraft History
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.

Wartime History
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.

Mission History
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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Last Updated
June 29, 2019


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