43-28566         P38

 

On 9 November 1944, a P-38J-15LO, # 43-28566, assigned to 14th Air Force, 51st Fighter Group, 449th Fighter Squadron, departed with three other P-38 Lightnings on a strafing mission to the Hanoi, Annam area (French Indochina - Vietnam), the area of Vinh. The P-38 was last seen near Nam Dinh, Annam. The pilot was 1stLt James E. Nunn, # 0-752143. Those who last saw him were Major James L. Bledsoe, 0-356928, Capt. Ralph L. Wire, 0-433962, and 1stLt Robert W. Healy, 0-756567.

 

Maj. Bledsoe reported that the flight strafed in the Hanoi area and proceeded to the SE costline near Vinh, strafing shipping for about 20 minutes. Bledsoe called for the flight to assemble in formation above the 5,000’ overcast. Nunn was seen climbing into the overcast near Men-Dinh and was then missing. Nunn seemed to have radio trouble.

 

NUNN, JAMES E., First Lieutenant, # 0-752143, USAAF

 

James E. Nunn was born 2 April 1921 in Colorado City, Mitchell Co., Texas, to James Petty Nunn (1897-1967) and Emery “Emma” D. (Dulin) Nunn (1897-1985).  Siblings include Helen Emery (Nunn) Mayes (1922-2015), John William Nunn (1923-2011), Thomas Bedford Nunn (1925-1996), and Josephine Harriett (Nunn) Nelson (1928-1992).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Dodd Field, Texas, on 28 May 1942. He completed flight instruction through advanced schools and earned his commission and pilot wings as a fighter pilot. On 9 November 1944, a P-38J-15LO, # 43-28566, assigned to 14th Air Force, 51st Fighter Group, 449th Fighter Squadron, departed with three other P-38 Lightnings on a strafing mission to the Hanoi, Annam area (French Indochina - Vietnam), the area of Vinh. The P-38 was last seen near Nam Dinh, Annam. The pilot was 1stLt James E. Nunn, # 0-752143. Those who last saw him were Major James L. Bledsoe, 0-356928, Capt. Ralph L. Wire, 0-433962, and 1stLt Robert W. Healy, 0-756567. Maj. Bledsoe reported that the flight strafed in the Hanoi area and proceeded to the SE costline near Vinh, strafing shipping for about 20 minutes. Bledsoe called for the flight to assemble in formation above the 5,000’ overcast. Nunn was seen climbing into the overcast near Men-Dinh and was then missing. Nunn seemed to have radio trouble. His remains are buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii (Sec, F, Grave 395). He is remembered in the Colorado City Cemetery, Colorado City, Texas.