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  P-38J-15-LO Lightning Serial Number 42-104351  
5th AF
475th FG
433rd FS

Pilot  1st Lt. Calvin G. Wire (survived)
Crashed  April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday"
MACR  none

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

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 475th Fighter Group, 433rd Fighter Squadron. Nose Number ???. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On April 16, 1944 took off from Nadzab No. 3 Airfield a mission to escort A-20 Havocs over Hollandia. Returning the formation encountered a severe weather front. Wire bailed out or ditched off Yamai Airfield.

Fate of the Pilot
Wire was rescued and returned to duty.

Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) none
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-38J Lightning 42-104351
Black Sunday page ?

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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