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The following information was supplied by Harry Larrabee Sr, TSgt USAF Retired, via email. Additional research provided by Harry Larrabee Sr Dec 31, 2005.
2nd LT Arthur Cain. A P-47 Pilot assigned to the U S Army Air Forces, 69th Fighter Squadron, 58th Fighter Group in the Philippines in the 1944/1945 time period. He was shot down and listed as missing/killed in action non 17 January 1945. He was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart, according to the WWII Memorial his ID or maybe Serial # is 0-814648.

There is a marker with his name at the Manila American Cemetery at Fort Bonifacio in Manila Philippines.


2nd Lt Arthur Cain was a P-47 Pilot assigned to the 69th Fighter Sq, 58th Fighter Group in the Pacific Theater around the September 1944 time frame according to his notes on the rear of the photos. Would you please post them on the P-47 Web Site in hopes there are still some surviving P-47 Pilots around who might have know him. All of the photos have been named and you can also note that the one photo of him standing in the cockpit of his P-47 also shows a B-24 in the background. Not sure if these photos were from New Guinea, Leyte or Mindanao in the Philippines as the only information supplied on the rear of the photos is the dates and SWPA which I assumes means South West Pacific Area.
Since my last E-Mail to you I have also discovered he bailed out of his plane on 17 January 1945 near Vigan Point on Luzon after returning from fighter escort to Laoag Airdrome in the northern part of Luzon. From the newspaper articles I have from 1945 he was observed bailing out from his P-47, tail number 42-23208 as his aircraft couldn't keep up with the rest of his squadron, nor was he able to answer radio calls which would indicate either battle damage or an aircraft malfunction. Other members of his squardron stated after bailing out he land near Vigan Point, both his parachute and aircraft wreakage were sited, but according to the U S Army he was never located. The U S Army also stated there was a large Philippine Gorollia Force in the area at the time he bailed out. Another newspaper article also states that this plane that he flew on New Guinea was condemned due to the number of combat hours he placed on the aircraft.

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