Wayne W. Christian

NAME
Wayne Wells Christian
NICKNAME
Chris
SERVICE NUMBER
O-9014
UNIT
VMO-251
Pilot
HOME OF RECORD
2231 NW 16th Street, Oklahoma City, OK
NEXT OF KIN
Father, Mr. W. B. Christian
DATE OF BIRTH
August 18, 1917
ENTERED SERVICE
July 15, 1941
DATE OF LOSS
January 29, 1943
REGION
Solomon Islands
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal
CASUALTY TYPE
Missing In Action
Declared Dead January 30, 1944
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
On 29 January 1943, a flight of VMO-251 fighters was returning to Henderson Field from a mission to Munda. The weather worsened, and visibility over Guadalcanal itself was poor. As the planes formed up for their approach two pilots – First Lieutenant Wayne W. Christian and First Lieutenant Glen A. Loban – attempted to enter the landing circle at the same time.

The two Wildcats collided and fell from the sky. Both pilots were declared missing after the accident; neither was seen alive again. Lieutenant Christian was eventually declared dead on 30 January 1944.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
First Lieutenant
(posthumous Captain)
STATUS OF REMAINS
Not recovered.
MEMORIALS
Memorial Park Cemetery, Oklahoma City, OK
Manila American Cemetery

Biography:
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January 29 the boys (Christian, Loban, Captain Jack Moore and others based at Henderson Field) had been out patrolling the Chicago (heavy cruiser which was later sunk in a torpedo attack) and were coming back to the base after dark. Captain Moore said the weather was bad, so dark and murky they couldn’t see. What happened was Wayne and Loban’s planes collided and crashed in the bay at the edge of Henderson Field. Their planes went down immediately…. Captain Moore and Lt. Bryson were both eyewitnesses to the accident.

Mrs. Marie Sleeper, relating conversation with Captain Moore, The Daily Oklahoman 24 March 1943.


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