Powell, Ernest Allen, Jr., Capt

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary MOS
7598-Basic Fixed-Wing Pilot
Last MOSGroup
Pilots/Naval Flight Officers
Primary Unit
1943-Present, 7598, Missing In Action
Service Years
1941 - 1943
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Golden Dragon Certificate
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State of Birth
Tennessee
Tennessee
Year of Birth
1918
 
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Marine Fighter Squadron 122 (VMF-122) was commissioned on March 1, 1942 at Camp Kearny in San Diego, California. Outfitted with the F4F Wildcat, the squadron, then known as the "Candystripers", saw their first combat tour in October 1942. During this tour they were part of the Cactus Air Force at Henderson Field and also operated out of Espiritu Santo. In April 1943, while under the command of Major Pappy Boyington, the squadron transitioned to the F4U Corsair and accounted for 35½ kills. The squadron's first combat tour ended on July 23, 1943.

Captain Ernest Powell became a World War II Marine Corps ACE, credited with shooting down 5 enemy aircraft in aerial combat. Three days after his Navy Cross mission, he was himself shot down and listed as Missing in Action.

POWELL, Ernest A, CAPT, O-010969, USMC, from Tennessee, location Solomon Islands, date of loss July 18, 1943 + POWELL, Ernest Allen, 10969, POW&MPDet, HQUSMC, Washington DC, July 19, 1945, missing-killed in action + POWELL, Ernest Allen, Captain, O-010969, USMC, from Tennessee, Manila American Cemetery + POWELL, Ernest Allen, Captain, USMCR. Wife, Mrs. Ethel W. Powell, 212 E. Parkway, N., Memphis, TN

Captain Ernest Powell, pilot, was declared Missing in Action on 18 Jul 1943.

Body Not Recovered
   
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Navy Cross
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant Ernest Allen Powell (MCSN: 0-10969), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Pilot of a Fighter Plane in Marine Fighting Squadron ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-TWO (VMF-122), Marine Air Group FOURTEEN (MAG-14), FIRST Marine Aircraft Wing, in aerial combat against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands Area, on 15 July 1943. When his division made contact with a large number of Japanese twin-engined bombers over Rendova Island, Captain Powell immediately went into action and, boldly intercepting a Zero which was attempting to disrupt the attack by one of our fighters on a hostile bomber, made a head-run on the enemy fighter and exploded it in mid-air. Veering his course, he promptly engaged a Japanese bomber and disintegrated the hostile plane with one burst of fire. Undeterred by a dangerously low supply of ammunition after forcing a third enemy pilot to bail out of his blazing plane, Captain Powell daringly engaged his fourth plane and sent it crashing down off the coast of Kolombangara. His superb airmanship and gallant fighting spirit throughout this action and daring numerous other hazardous missions reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.
Action Date: July 15, 1943
   
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 Unit Assignments
Aviation UnitsVMF-122Missing In Action
  1941-1942, 7599, Marine Aviation Detachment (MAD) Pensacola, FL
  1942-1943, 7598, VMF-122
  1943-Present, 7598, Missing In Action
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/American Theater
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Bougainville
 Colleges Attended
Emory University
  1937-1941, Emory University
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