Lt. George C. Haniotis
enlisted 10 April 1942
missing in action 5 November 1943
officially declared dead 15 April 1945

Memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines

 

Lieutenant George C. Haniotis served with the 9th Fighter Squadron, 49th Fighter Group. Lt. Haniotis achieved one aerial victory on October 16, 1943. While escorting a group of B-25s to Madang, he shot down a Zero.

On the day he was MIA, he was flying as Richard Bong's wingman with a group of 11 Lightnings who were escorting a B-24 raid over Rabaul. In a dogfight with 15 Zeros, Richard Bong scored his 20th and 21st victories.

 

 

Lt. Haniotis's medals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posthumously awarded Purple Heart Certificate

 

Posthumously awarded Presidential Accolade

 

Hap Arnold condolence letter

 

Mailing tube for his certificate and accolade

 

 

Wallet and note pad cover

 

Pilot Wings, marked GEMSCO and STERLING

 

 

 

Stateside photos of Haniotis and his wife

 

 

 

Physical Record Card

 

 

Training photos

 

 

Love letters to his wife

 

 

 

 

Letter to his wife, written on the day before his loss

 

Letter to his wife, dated 3 November 1943

 

 

Letter from his Commanding Officer, Major Gerald Johnson, himself a 24 victory Ace

 

 

Another letter from Gerald Johnson

 

Short Snorter from Haniotis's training days

 

Marriage License

 

 

2003 Newspaper article about Haniotis's widow

 

Copies of Missing Air Crew Report #1074, describing Haniotis's loss