Capt Jack Arnold Nichols

Capt Jack Arnold Nichols

Birth
Baxter, Jasper County, Iowa, USA
Death 30 Jul 1943 (aged 21–22)
At Sea
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot Tablets of the Missing
Memorial ID 56762485 · View Source
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United States Marine Corps, WORLD WAR II
Pilot Captain Jack A. Nichols MIA/KIA
Hometown: Iowa
MAG 12 VMF-215 "Fighting Corsairs"
Missing July 30, 1943
ABMC lists the date of Nichols' death as July 31, 1943(incorrect)
Service #O-010292
Awards: Purple Heart

Mission History
Took off on an excort mission for nine B-24's, with an escort of 16 P-38's and 16 RNZAF 16 Squadron P-40's and 40+ US Navy F4U's to bomb Kahilli Airfield, but found it covered in clouds.

Instead they hit Ballale Airfield. Meanwhile, A6M Zeros took off from Ballale Airfield before they reached the island, and released two phosphorus bombs into the fomation. Flak over target was severe, but the bombers dropped 22 tons of bombs. Zeros attacked when the formation left the target. RNZAF made no claims and had two planes slightly damaged.

This F4U went missing.

Memorials
Nichols was declared dead the day of the mission. He is listed on the tablet of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

Gravesite Details Entered the service from Iowa.

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  • Maintained by: John Dowdy
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56762485
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Jack Arnold Nichols (1921–30 Jul 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56762485, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by John Dowdy (contributor 47791572) .