|Pilot 1st Lt. Michael J. Carter, O-727403 (MIA / KIA) CA
Crashed February 4, 1943
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Delivered U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-40F Warhawk serial number unknown. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 347th Fighter Group, 68th Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. This aircraft was assigned to the 44th Fighter Squadron Detachment (44th FS Detachment) operating from Fighter 2 (Kukum) on Guadalcanal.
On February 4, 1943 took off from Fighter 2 (Kukum) on Guadalcanal piloted by 1st Lt. Michael J. Carter (assigned 44th Fighter Squadron) on a mission to escort SBD Dauntless dive bombers. The weather was clear with good visibility. While off the east coast of New Georgia at 5:00pm, this aircraft was accidentally shot down by a F4F Wildcat. Carter was observed to bail out, but was never seen again and declared Missing In Action (MIA).
Carter was declared dead on December 13, 1945. He earned the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and Purple Heart, posthumously. Carter is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
Missing Air Crew Report 610 (MACR 610) pilot Carter created September 11, 1943
Missing Air Crew Report 611 (MACR 611) pilot Johnson was created created September 11, 1943 (with map circa June 1943 indicating the approximate loss locations of 1. Morrissey, 2. Johnson, 3. Sooter and 4. Carter)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Michael J. Carter
1Lt Michael J Carter (tablets of the missing photo)
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March 19, 2018