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  P-38F Lightning Serial Number 41-7520  
440th BU

Pilot  2nd Lt. William P. McChristy (KIA, BR) CA
Crashed  June 22, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Constructors Number 222-5647. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38F Lightning serial number 41-7520.

Wartime History
Assigned to 440th Base Unit (44th BU). No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On June 22, 1944 took off from Santa Maria Army Air Field piloted by 2nd Lt. William P. McChristy on a training flight. This aircraft crashed roughly one mile southeast of the airfield. McChristy was killed in the crash and his body recovered.

McChristy was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery at section OS A, site 103-A.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-38F Lightning 41-7520
"7520 (MSN 222-5647) W/o 22 Jun 1944 at Santa Maria AAF, CA"
June 1944 USAAF Stateside Accident Reports - P-38F 41-7520
FindAGrave - William Baten McChristy (grave photo)

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Last Updated
September 26, 2018


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