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  P-47D-15-RA Thunderbolt Serial Number 42-23208  
USAAF
5th AF
58th FG
69th FS

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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
MACR  11850

Pilot History
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).

Aircraft History
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.

Wartime History
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.

Mission History
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).

Memorials
Cain was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.

Relatives
Harry Larrabee, Sr. (nephew of Cain)

References
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Arthur F. Cain, Jr.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-47D-15-RA Thunderbolt 42-23208
"23208 (69th FS, 58th FG) pilot bailed out over Vigan Point, Philippines Jan 14, 1945. Pilot killed. MACR 11850"
Missing Air Crew Report 11850 (MACR 11850) created January 21, 1945
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Arthur F. Cain Jr.
FindAGrave - 2Lt Arthur Fillmore Cain, Jr (tablets of the missing photo)
News "Lieut. Arthur F. Cain Jr. Missing In Action Over Philippines" 1945
No Glamour... No Glory! The Story of the 58th Fighter Group of World War II, page 224
Thanks to 58th Fighter Association for additional information

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January 18, 2020

 

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