Sanders, Lewis Morgan, Col

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1065-Fighter Unit Commander
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1943-1945, AAF MOS 1065, 318th Fighter Group
Service Years
1936 - 1950
Officer Collar Insignia
Colonel

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Home State
Indiana
Indiana
Year of Birth
1907
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Elkhart, Indiana; Lillian, Alabama
Last Address
Lillian, Alabama

Date of Passing
Dec 22, 1984
 
Location of Interment
Pine Rest Cemetery - Foley, Alabama
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Not Specified

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Pearl Harbor Memorial Medallion




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Last Known Activity
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Citation for his Silver Star:
Awarded for actions during World War II
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to First Lieutenant (Air Corps) Lewis M. Sanders, United States Army Air Forces, for gallantry in action while serving as a Pilot with the 46th Pursuit Squadron, 15th Pursuit Group, at Wheeler Field and over the Island of Oahu, Territory of Hawaii, and waters adjacent thereto, on 7 December 1941. During the surprise attack by Japanese forces on 7 December 1941, First Lieutenant Sanders took off with one flight for the purpose of attacking the invading forces, without first securing information as to the number or type of attacking Japanese aircraft. He proceeded to patrol the vicinity of Bellows Field, where he engaged six enemy planes. Although greatly outnumbered he succeeded in shooting down one enemy aircraft. First Lieutenant Sanders' initiative, presence of mind, coolness under fire, and expert maneuvering of his plane, contributed to a large extent toward driving off this sudden, unexpected enemy air attack.
General Orders: Authority: "Heroes of Pearl Harbor", Donald K. & Helen L. Ross
Action Date: December 7, 1941
Service: Army Air Forces
Rank: First Lieutenant
Company: 46th Pursuit Squadron
Regiment: 15th Pursuit Group

Sources:
https://aviation.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/A-Handful-of-Pilots.pdf
   
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 1943-1944, P-39 Airacobra
From Year
1943
To Year
1944
   
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Specifications
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Model Bell P-39M Airacobra
Length 30.15 ft | 9.19 m
Width 33.99 ft | 10.36 m
Height 11.84 ft | 3.61 m
Engine(s) 1 x Allison V-1710-83 water-cooled engine generating 1,200hp.
Empty Weight 5,611 lbs | 2,545 kg
MTOW 8,400 lbs | 3,810 kg
Max Speed 386 mph | 621 km/h | 335 kts
Max Range 650 miles | 1,046 km
Ceiling 35,991 ft | 10,970 m | 6.8 miles
Climb Rate 3,333 ft/min (1,015.9 m/min)
Hardpoints 2
Armament 1 x 37mm cannon mounted in the nose
2 x 12.7mm machine guns
4 x 7.62mm machine guns

Up to 500lbs of external ordnance as needed.
Accommodations 1




   
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Last Updated: Feb 25, 2014
   
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