Remembering Lt. George Constantine Haniotis, shot down with his P-38 and killed over Rabaul, on November 5 1943

WW2 Pacific treasures, WW2 Wrecks

By Pierre Kosmidis

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Airmen of Greek descent fought for the Allied cause and many never made it back home.

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One such case is Lt. George Constantine Haniotis, who served with the 9th Fighter Squadron, 49th Fighter Group.

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Lt. Haniotis achieved one aerial victory on October 16, 1943.

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While escorting a group of B-25s to Madang, he shot down a Zero.

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On the day he was MIA, and eventually declared KIA, he was flying as Richard Bong’s wingman with a group of 11 Lightnings who were escorting a B-24 raid over Rabaul.

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In a dogfight with 15 Zeros, Richard Bong scored his 20th and 21st victories.

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Lt. Haniotis never made it home and was last seen by Bong on a life raft, after his aircraft was shot down.

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Lest we forget.

The sacrifices made, for us to cherish our freedom.