|Pilot 2nd Lt. Charles K. Erb, O-737753 (KIA) WI
MIA December 30, 1943
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Converted
from a P-38E model into a F-4-1-LO
photographic reconnaissance version. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 6th Photo Reconnaissance Group, 8th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron. Nicknamed "Alice the Goon". Operated from 14 Mile Drome near Port Moresby.
On December 30, 1943 took off from 14 Mile Drome near Port Moresby piloted by 2nd Lt. Charles K. Erb on a mission over the Coral Sea. Last seen near Cape Ward Hunt heading towards Dobodura. Afterwards, this aircraft was officially condemned on February 8, 1944.
Erb was officially declared dead on December 31, 1944. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
Missing Air Crew Report 1689 (MACR 1689)
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - F-4-1 Lightning 41-2209
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February 4, 2018