|Pilot 1st Lt. Lewis M. Yarbrough, O-749152 (MIA / KIA) TX
MIA April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday"
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Constructors Number 3215. Assigned to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 475th Fighter Group, 433rd Fighter Squadron. Nose Number ???. No known nickname or nose art. When lost, engines V-1710-91 and V-1710-89 serial numbers A-039306 and A-08394. Weapons installed were 20mm cannon manufactured by International Harvester serial number 124473 and .50 caliber machine gun manufactured by Savage serial number 1177176 plus .50 caliber machine guns manufactured by High Standard serial number 610275, 612287 and 608505.
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. This P-38 was last seen approximately five miles west of Bogadjim at an altitude of roughly 10,000-11,000'. The squadron was in good formation and flying on a course of 140° and entered rough weather and was impossible to fly in formation and broke up. All planes were separated and had to reach base individually. Yarbrough was last seen before the formation broke up. When he failed to return and was listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
The next day, aircraft from the 5th Air Force searched for this aircraft without success.
This P-38 crashed and burned near Meibu village. During 2009-2010, a team from JPAC visited the crash site.
Yarbrough was officially declared dead on February 7, 1946. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 4500
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-38J Lightning 42-104381
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Lewis M. Yarbrough
1Lt Lewis M Yarbrough (tablets of the missing photo)
Black Sunday page ?
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September 26, 2018