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|Pilot 2nd Lt Frederick W. Voorhis, O-661406 (MIA / KIA) MO
MIA January 16, 1943
Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) model and serial number unknown. Likely, this aircraft was an early model P-39 Airacobra or P-400 Airacobra serial number unknown. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 35th Fighter Group (35th FG), 41st Fighter Squadron (41st FS). No known nickname or nose art. No known nose number.
On January 16, 1943 took off from 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby piloted by 2nd Lt Frederick W. Voorhis as one of six Airacobra led by Captain Francis R. Royal on a patrol mission over Buna. At 8:05am this aircraft was observed leaving the flight north of Oro Bay headed to the southwest by Royal. When this Airacobra failed to return it was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).
Voorhis was officially declared dead on December 15, 1945. He was promoted to the rank of 1st Lieutenant posthumously and earned the Purple Heart, posthumously. He is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.
Possibly, this aircraft was P-400 Airacobra AP278
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Frederick D. Voorhis lists middle initial as "D."
No Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) was created for this aircraft loss
41st Fighter Squadron Diary
"Casualty List – Missing in action. Lt. Voorhis was reported missing in action as of 16 January, 1943 over Buna area."
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-39 piloted by Voorhis
This P-39 Airacobra is coded "JPAC 1256"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Frederick D. Voorhis
FindAGrave - 1Lt Frederick D Voorhis (tablets of the missing)
Thanks to Edward Rogers and Daniel Leahy for additional information
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