Capt. Kenneth J. Sorace

(F. Birtciel)

Capt. Kenneth J. Sorace

343rd FS   01 February 1943 - 14 June 1944 (Missing in Action - Evaded)

Assigned Aircraft

P-38H CY-S 42-67058 "Pitter Pat" (D. Morris)
P-38J CY-S 42-67900 (K. Sorace via NARS)

Mission History

Not Known

Mission List
55th FG Mission # Date Target
09 03 November 1943 Wilhelmshaven (Red Leader)
11 07 November 1943 Sweep - Ostend - St Omer Area
32 07 January 1944 Ludwigshaven
Air Scores
Ground Scores
Score Detail 07 January 1944  Me-109 damaged (air) Ludwigshafen
Notes Born in Brooklyn, New York, 26th February 1920.
Entered service from S. Rochester, New York.
ASN - O-659403
01 February 1943 - Joined the 343rd Fighter Squadron
20 November 1943 - Awarded the Air Medal
January 1944 - Promoted from 1st Lieutenant to Captain
14 June 1944 - Missing in Action
Lt. Sorace's P-38 was hit in the left engine by cannon fire from a Me-109 and he was forced to bailed out.
Lt. Sorace was helped to the Massif Central region of France and was eventually able to contact American army troops near the Rhone valley in September 1944.
MACR No. 05736
Downed whilst flying P-38J 43-28666

September 1944 - Returned to duty
September 1944 - Transferred to Headquarters, 1st Air Force, New York
Crew Chief - S/Sgt. Charles H. Siemsen

Passed away on 12th October 2003, aged 83.

Additional Photo L-R Maj. Ryan and Capt. Sorace (55th FGA Newsletter)

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