|Pilot Tom Malone (survived)
Crashed March 22, 1944
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Constructors Number 2820. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38J-15-LO Lightning serial number 42-103993. This P-38 had a natural aluminum finish. Assigned project number 96397-H Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 49th Fighter Group, 9th Fighter Squadron. Assigned to pilot Captain Richard Ira Bongthat he nicknamed "Marge" after his wife. On the left side of the nose was her with the nickname. Below forward cockpit canopy was rectangular box had "Cap. R. I. Bong. Pilot T/Sgt C. Fincner S/Sgt H. Lander plus Bong's scoreboard with Japanese rising sun flags in five rows representing his 25 aerial victory claims (as of April 3, 1944).
Later, this P-38 was assigned to the 421st Night Fighter Squadron (421st NFS).
On March 22, 1944 took off piloted by Tom
Malone, a P-61 Blackwidow pilot from the 421st Night Fighter Squadron. While over Yalau / Bau Plantation
south of Madang, Malone bailed out and landed unhurt and this P-38 crashed at Yalau / Bau Plantation. Later, he returned to duty.
The wreckage of this aircraft remains at Yalau on Bau Plantation.
USAF Serial Number Search Results P-38J Lightning 42-103993 incorrectly listed as part of the collection of the American Wings Air Museum, MN
Forty of the Fifth by Michael Claringbould
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September 26, 2018