Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Constructor Number 5357. Converted
from a E model into a F-4
photographic reconnaissance version. Delivered to the U. S. Army on January 1, 1942.
During March 31-May 31, 1942 operated from Long Beach, CA. During June 20-23, 1942 at Dallas, TX.. On June 23, 1942 flown to Sacramento Air Depot. On July 6, 1942 disassembled and shipped from San Francisco overseas to Australia. On August 19, 1942 at Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) in Melbourne and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group (PRG), 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron (PRS). Nicknamed "Pouting Peggy" with "39" paintd on the outer engine cowlings and tail. On the right engine was "Doris". On September 3, 1942 arrived at Garbutt Field at Townsville then flown to 14 Mile Drome (Schwimmer) near Port Moresby.
On January 13, 1944 this aircraft was officially condemned by the 5th Air Force On February 8, 1944 assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) plus F-4 41-2130 and F4 41-2217. On March 31, 1944 departed Port Moresby on a flight bound for Amberley Airfield near Brisbane. But possibly force landed at Rockhampton Airfield.
On April 3, 1944 officially stricken from charge. Although allotted to the RAAF, it may not have been delivered and F-4 Lightning 41-2156 was substituted instead. On September 26, 1944 this aircraft was salvaged at Brisbane.
The Lockheed File - 41-2139 "Pouting Peggy"
NAA Series A11093 Item 3081559
The Eight Ballers - Eyes of the Fifth Air Force (1999) by Stanaway and Rocker page 26 (lower left photo, lower right photo)
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October 23, 2019