|Pilot 2nd Lt. Stanley F. Rice, O-426427 (MIA / KIA) NY
Crashed June 16, 1942
Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U.S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 8th Fighter Group when they arrived in New Guinea. Later, assigned to the 35th Fighter Group, 40th Fighter Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. Operated from 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby.
On June 16, 1942 after an alert was sounded at 8:14am, took off from 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby at 8:20am on a mission to intercept incoming Japanese aircraft. Attacked by A6M2 Zeros of the Tainan Kōkūtai on a fighter sweep over Port Moresby. Last seen over Redscar Bay. When this Airacobra failed to return it was declared Missing In Action (MIA).
Rice was officially declared dead on November 18, 1945. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Stanley F. Rice
FindAGrave - 1Lt Stanley F Rice (tablets of the missing photo)
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-39D Airacobra 41-7136
40th Fighter / Flight Test Squadron Associate "WWII Honor Roll" via Wayback Machine July 23, 2008
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October 31, 2018