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  F-4-1-LO "Hellapoppin Hepcat" Serial Number 41-2137 Tail 37
USAAF
5th AF
6th PRG
8th PRS

Pilot  1st Lt. Kenneth J Murphy, O-660663 (MIA / KIA) NY
MIA  June 26, 1943
MACR  16410

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Constructors Number 222-5316. Converted from a P-38E into a F-4 photographic reconnaissance version. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia. Reassembled by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) in Melbourne on September 2, 1942.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group (PRG), 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron (PRS). Nicknamed "Hellapoppin Hepcat". This aircraft was converted to a two seater.

Mission History
On June 26, 1943 took off from 14 Mile Drome (Schwimmer) near Port Moresby at 6:00am piloted by 1st Lt. Kenneth J Murphy on a reconnaissance mission over Rabaul. When he failed to return, he was listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Memorials
Murphy was officially declared dead on December 18, 1945. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart (posthumously).

References
Missing Air Crew Report 16410 (MACR 16410) was created retroactively circa 1945 or 1946
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Kenneth J. Murphy
FindAGrave - 1Lt Kenneth J Murphy (tablets of the missing)

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

Tech Info
F-4

MIA
MIA

1 Missing

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