Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Constructors Number 3207. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 49th Fighter Group, 9th Fighter Squadron. Assigned to pilot Richard Ira Bong. Nicknamed "Marge" after his wife.
Operated from Nadzab Airfield. Later, this aircraft was transfered to the Philippines. This P-38 crashed on a checkout flight over Manila Bay.
Edward Guss adds:
"Marge did not survive WWII but indeed crashed on a checkout flight over Manila Bay. Service was done on one engine and a test flight ensued. An in flight fire caused the check out pilot to parachute safely from the aircraft however the aircraft crashed into Manila Bay."
P-38L Lightning 44-53236 at the Bong Heritage Center is painted to represent this aircraft
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January 9, 2018