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  F-4-1-LO "Alice The Goon" Serial Number 41-2209  
USAAF
5th AF
6th PRG
8th PRS

Pilot  2nd Lt. Charles K. Erb, O-737753 (KIA) WI
MIA  December 30, 1943
MACR  1689

Aircraft History
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.

Wartime History
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.

Mission History
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.

Memorials
Erb was officially declared dead on December 31, 1944. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

References
Missing Air Crew Report 1689 (MACR 1689)
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - F-4-1 Lightning 41-2209

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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