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USAAF September 1944
|Pilot 2nd Lt. Arthur F. Cain, Jr., O-814648 (MIA / KIA) Bath, ME
Crashed January 17, 1945 at 1200
Arthur F. Cain, Jr. enlisted in the U. S. Army on August 14, 1942 in the Air Corps and in February 1943 became an aviation cadet then earned his wings. In November 1943 commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant with serial number O-814648. Sent overseas to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) and assigned to the 69th Fighter Squadron as a P-47 Thunderbolt pilot flying combat missions in New Guinea and the Philippines. Cain earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart (posthumously).
Built by Republic at the Indiana Division of Republic Aviation in Evansville, IN. Constructor Number 959. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the Pacific and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 58th Fighter Group, 69th Fighter Squadron. When lost engine R-2800-63 serial number 42-125818. Machine gun serial numbers unknown.
On January 17, 1945 at 8:30am took off from Hill Airfield piloted by 2nd Lt. Arthur F. Cain, Jr. as one of eight P-47s on a mission to escort A-20G Havocs attacking Laoag on Luzon. Over the target, they strafed five Sugar Dogs and one Sugar Charlie anchored off Salomague.
Cain was seen to bail out at an altitude of 1,000' and was seen to smack against his aircraft when it crashed into the sea roughly a half mile off shore from Vigan. An immediate search of the area showed no trace of the pilot. One wheel was seen afloat on the surface and an oil slick. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
Cain was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.
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