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PER Unit Diary:
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.
LUCAS, William F, CAPT, O-007955, USMC, from Indiana, location Ellice Islands, date of loss November 8, 1943 + LUCAS, William F, Captain, O-007955, USMC, from Indiana, Honolulu Memorial + LUCAS, William Francis, 7955, VMF-224, MAG-13, 4th MAW, FMF, Ellice Is, November 8, 1943, accidental death + LUCAS, William F., Captain, USMCR. Wife, Mrs. William F. Lucas, 2218 Myra St., Jacksonville, Fla
Capt William Francis Lucas, pilot, was declared Missing on 8 Nov 1943.
Body Not Recovered