Craig, Edward E., 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
AAF MOS 1060-Pilot, Night Fighter, Two-Engine
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-Present, AAF MOS 1060, POW/MIA
Service Years
- 1944


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Name:  Edward E Craig
Inducted From:  California
Rank:  First Lieutenant
Combat Organization:  418th Night Fighter Squadron
Death Date:  4 Mar 1944
Monument:  Fort William Mckinley, Manila, the Philippines
Last Known Status:  Missing
U.S. Awards:  Purple Heart Medal
Air Medal
Service # 743420

Other Comments:

P-38G-1-LO "Veni Vidi Vici" Serial Number 42-12705
Pilot  1st Lt. Edward E. Craig, O-743420 (MIA / KIA) CA
Crashed  March 4, 1944
MACR  3306

5th AF
418th NFS

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed. One of three P-38G's converted to night fighters at the 4th Air Depot at Townsville. When lost, engines V-1710-55 and V-1710-51, serial numbers unknown.

Mission History
One of two P-38s that took off on a patrol mission over the eastern tip of Manus Island. The aircraft was last sighted and radio contact was made with the pilot at about 2030 hours, about 120 miles out of Finschhafen on course 1700. Both aircraft were then caught in a storm. This aircraft never returned and has never been found. The other P-38 pilot, 2nd Lt Robert M Forrestal made a crash-landing out of fuel at Cape Gloucester and returned to duty. Forrestal was later killed a month later piloting P-70A 42-33143.


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USAAF 5th Air Force/418th Night Fighter SquadronUSAAF 5th Air ForcePOW/MIA
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1060, USAAF 5th Air Force/418th Night Fighter Squadron
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1060, USAAF 5th Air Force
  1944-Present, AAF MOS 1060, POW/MIA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)
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