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.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group (PRG), 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron (PRS). Nose number 17 (last two digits of the serial number). This Lightning 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.
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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October 23, 2019