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|Pilot 2nd Lt. Arthur Zellweger, O-722199 (MIA / KIA) Stephenson County, IL
MIA June 2, 1945 at 9:35am
Built by North American Aviation (NAA) in Inglewood. Constructors Number 122-31183. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-51D-20-NA Mustang serial number 44-63458. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the Central Pacific and reassembled.
Assigned to the 7th Air Force, 21st Fighter Group, 72nd Fighter Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. When lost, engine V-1650-7 serial number V-327749. Weapon serial numbers: RI-1331165, LC-1502584, RC-1330813, LC-1330790, RO-1331235, LI-1764888.
On June 2, 1945 took off from Motoyama No. 1 (Chidori, Central Field) on Iwo Jima piloted by 2nd Lt. Arthur Zellweger on a dive bombing mission against Chi Chi Jima. This aircraft was flying as wing man for 1st Lt. Clyde M. Decker. The weather was good visibility with 8/10 cloud coverage with tops at 8,000' down to sea level. After dive bombing the target, this aircraft failed to rejoin formation. Flight leader 1st Lt. Clyde M. Decker called for him over the radio but got no reply. Cloud cover obscured the ground and no crash was observed. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
Afterwards, Air Sea Rescue service and 7th Fighter Command both unsuccessfully searched for this aircraft. A large splash observed at the mouth of the bay was investigated, but no smoke, fire, debris or oil slick was observed.
June 2, 1945
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