2Lt Ormond Eugene Powell

2Lt Ormond Eugene Powell

Madison County, Kentucky, USA
Death 28 Dec 1943 (aged 22)
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
Memorial ID 56762859 · View Source
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Attended Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky

Enlisted 20 January 1942 in Richmond, Kentucky
U.S. Army Air Force O-798636
475th Fighter Group, 431st Fighter Squadron
Pilot - P-38G-13-LO #43-2204

MACR 1502
On December 28, 1943 took off from North Embi Airfield (Dobodura No. 12) on a patrol mission over Cape Gloucester. Powell was flying as wingman for Captain Jett in the second flight. The other two P-38s in this flight returned to base due to mechanical problems.

Over Cape Gloucester, the P-38s patrolled until relieved at 12:35, the weather had closed in and the formation was forced to fly to 25,000', but Powell was seen to be falling behind, and 1st Lt Paul Morris called for him on the radio not to enter the overcast, and got no reply.

1st Lt. Paul V. Morris again observed Powell's P-38 flying directly into the weather front east of Aisega on the western coast of West New Britain. Three minutes later, the formation broke out of the weather, returned to base and reported Powell as lost. When he failed to return, Powell was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).

declared dead on January 16, 1946

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2Lt Ormond Eugene Powell (8 Sep 1921–28 Dec 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56762859, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Charging Forward KY (contributor 49801517) .