Gay, William Mundell, 1stLt

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First Lieutenant
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7598-Basic Fixed-Wing Pilot
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Pilots/Naval Flight Officers
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1943-Present, 7598, MIA - WWII
Service Years
1942 - 1943
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Golden Dragon Certificate
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First Lieutenant


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07 November  Gunnery hops and interception drills were flown. Captain William F. LUCAS, USMCR, and 1st Lt. William GAY, USMCR, were killed in mid-air collision of their F4U-1 aircraft, during a pratice gunnery hop.  Planes collided while apparently making simultaneous overhead runs on a banner towed by an F4U-1.  Both planes and pilots crashed into the sea forty-three (43) miles Northeast of Funafuti Airfield.  Neither of the pilots or planes were recovered.  Plane bureau numbers: 17585 & 17546.

GAY, William M. 1st Lieutenant, USMCR. Father, Mr. William R. Gay, 1708 Fillmore St., Wichita Falls, Tex + GAY, William Mundell, 21215, VMF-224, MAG-13, 4th MAW, FMF, Ellice Islands, November 8, 1943, accidental death + GAY, William Mundell, First Lieutenant, O-021215, USMC, from Texas, Honolulu Memorial + GAY, William M, 1STLT, O-021215, USMC, from Texas, location Ellice Islands, date of loss November 8, 1943

1stLt William Mundell Gay, pilot, was declared Missing on 8 Nov 1943.

Body Not Recovered
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Rifle Expert (Pre 1959)USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aviation UnitsComCabs WestVMF-224Missing In Action
  1942-1943, 7599, Marine Aviation Detachment (MAD) Corpus Christi, TX
  1943-1943, 7598, Air Regulating Squadron-3 (ARS-3), Camp Kearny, Mesa Ca
  1943-1943, 7598, VMF-224
  1943-Present, 7598, MIA - WWII
 Colleges Attended
University of Texas at Austin
  1939-1942, University of Texas at Austin
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