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  F-4-1-LO Lightning Serial Number 41-2217 Nose 17
USAAF
5th AF
6th PRG
8th PRS

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8th PRS c1943

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Constructors Number 5435. Converted from a E model into a F-4 model photographic reconnaissance version. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as F-4-1-LO Lightning Serial Number 41-2217 Nose 17. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 6th Photo Reconnaissance Group, 8th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron. Nose number 17. Operated from 14 Mile Drome near Port Moresby.

On April 30, 1944 this F-4 was flown from Port Moresby to Amberley Airfield near Brisbane. On May 15, 1944, this aircraft was rejected by the RAAF due to its poor condition. On September 26, 1944 condemned at Brisbane and scrapped.

Reference
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-38F Lightning 41-2217

"2217 salvaged in Australia Sep 26, 1944"
The Lockheed File - 41-2217
NAA Series A11093 Item 3081559

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September 26, 2018

 

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