Eugene Anthony Nuwer
|HOME OF RECORD
9 Pleasant Avenue, Lancaster, NY
|NEXT OF KIN
Wife, Mrs. Thelma May Nuwer
|DATE OF BIRTH
June 19, 1917
April 17, 1941
|DATE OF LOSS
October 20, 1942
Declared dead February 19, 1945
|CAMPAIGN / AREA
Missing in Action
|CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
Second Lieutenant Eugene Nuwer, a fighter pilot assigned to VMF-121, flew combat missions out of Henderson Field during the Guadalcanal campaign as a member of the Cactus Air Force.
On the morning of 20 October 1942, pilots of VMF-121 and -212 scrambled to intercept a raiding force of more than thirty Japanese fighters and bombers. Lieutenant Nuwer failed to return from the ensuing melee; no trace of him or his aircraft (F4F-4 Bureau Number 11659) was ever found.
Lieutenant Nuwer was officially declared dead on 19 February 1945.
|LAST KNOWN RANK
Posthumous promotion to Captain
|STATUS OF REMAINS
Manila American Cemetery
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At 10:15 AM on the twentieth, after a blessedly quiet night, our flight took off to intercept eighteen Zeros…. One of my flight – Lieutenant Eugene A. (Gene) Nuwer, Lancaster, New York, failed to return from that hop. The last I saw of him he was in full dive on the tail of a Zero, with another Zero on his tail. What happened to him I never learned.
– Captain Joe Foss, VMF-121, in Joe Foss, Flying Marine: The Story Of His Flying Circus As Told To Walter Simmons, 1943
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