|Pilot Captain Kenneth G. Ladd, O-732277 C.O. 36th FS (MIA / KIA ) UT
MIA October 15, 1944
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army, serial number unknown. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 8th Fighter Group, 36th Fighter Squadron. Assigned to pilot Kenneth G. Ladd.
Nicknamed "Nulli Secundus", Latin for "Second to None".
On October 15, 1944 took off on a mission to escort B-24 Liberator on a mission against Balikpapan. Over the target, the escorting P-38s intercepted Ki-44 Tojos to keep them away from the bombers. One B-24 crew said a this Lighting was observed to turn into the enemy formation and was overwhelmed and observed spinning downward.
Ladd was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. Ladd also has a memorial marker at Memory Grove Memorial in Salt Lake City, UT.
For the next four days, pilots from the 36th Fighter Squadron unsuccessfully searched for Ladd.
Ladd was officially credited with 11 victories:
17 Dec 43, 29 Jul 43, 2 Sep 43, 15 Sep 43, 13 Dec 43, 17 Dec 43, 26 Dec 43 (double victory), 23 Jan 44, 31 Mar 44, 3 Apr 44. He later became commanding officer of the 8th Fighter Group, 36th Fighter Squadron.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Kenneth G. Ladd
FindAGrave - Capt Kenneth G Ladd (photo, tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Capt Kenneth G Ladd (memorial marker photo)
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June 4, 2019