Force Landed January ?, 1944
On December 31, 1942 took off piloted by Bills on an escort mission over Lae. Over the target, he claimed his second Zero shot down.
This Lightning was flown by many other pilots including Lt. Richard E. Smith and Lt. Stanley Andrews. Others have said that this aircraft was also assigned to the 80th Fighter Squadron to pilot Lt. Cornelius "Corky" Smith who nicknamed the aircraft "Dottie From Brooklyn" in honor of his wife Dot.
Afterwards, assigned to Lt Wayne Rothgeb. On May 14, 1943 took off from Dobodura on an interception mission. During the flight, the right turbocharger exploded an altitude of 27,000' forcing Rothgeb to return to Schwimmer (14 Mile Drome) on one engine but made a safe landing. After this flight, the P-38 was officially written off on May 14, 1943.
Although written off, this P-38 was repaired and reassigned to another unit, likely a service squadron and continued to fly.
During 1975, Monty Armstrong acting on behalf of Yesterday's Air Force / David Tallichet removed the nose section of this P-38.
Bruce Hoy adds:
Bruce Hoy adds:
During 1980 the nose section from P-38G "Dumbo!" 42-12847 was attached to the nose of this aircraft to make the aircraft more externally complete. Also, parts from F-5A Lightning 42-13084 were used to restore this aircraft.
During 2001, in a "deal" to statically restore this P-38 for the PNG Museum, portions of the aircraft including the outer wing panels and tail booms were removed by Robert Greinert / HARS and exported to Australia. These pieces have never been returned nor any restoration work done on them for the PNG Museum.
In 2003, the removed pieces were in storage in a hanger rented by Robert Greinert at Bankstown Airfield. AAt the time, he agreed to statically restoration and return the P-38 to the PNG Museum along with Ki-61 Tony 640 as part of an agreement with the PNG Minister for Culture and Tourism.
Aside from the removal of parts from this P-38 and other P-38 wrecks around Papua New Guinea, no restoration work has been performed on this "P-38 project" by Robert Greinert, although this restoration for the PNG Museum has been mentioned in Classic Wings articles late as December 22, 2005. Robert Greinert is quoted in Aircraft society rejects smuggling claim: "Since 2000, HARS has been involved in a project with the [PNG] museum to restore free of charge an American P38 Lightning fighter aircraft and a Japanese Kawasaki Tony fighter for display in PNG."
During early 2005, the booms and outer wings of this P-38 were moved to Precision Aerospace, and stored outdoors.
Greinert stated on April 19, 2005:
Sometime later, the nose section was also removed by Robert Greinert to Australia and was never returned.
The remainder of the aircraft, minus the outer wing panels and engines remains at the PNG War Museum.