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  P-38J-15-LO "Marge" Serial Number 42-103993  
USAAF
5th AF
421st NFS

Former Assignments
49th FG
9th FS

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5th AF c1944

Pilot  Tom Malone (survived)
Crashed  March 22, 1944
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Constructors Number 2820. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 49th Fighter Group, 9th Fighter Squadron. Assigned to pilot Richard Ira Bong. Nicknamed "Marge" after his wife. Later, this P-38 was assigned to the 421st Night Fighter Squadron.

Mission History
On March 22, 1944 took off piloted by Tom Malone, a P-61 Blackwidow pilot from the 421st Night Fighter Squadron. Over Yalau / Bau Plantation in Madang Province, Malone bailed out and landed unhurt. Later, he returned to duty. This P-38 crashed at Yalau / Bau Plantation.

Wreckage
The wreckage of this aircraft remains at Yalau on Bau Plantation.

Reference
Forty of the Fifth by Michael Claringbould
Aircraft Serial Number Search incorrectly lists P-38J 42-103993 noted at American Wings Air Museum, MN

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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