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  P-38J-15-LO Lightning Serial Number 42-104390 Nose Number 185
USAAF
5th AF
475th FG
433rd FS

Pilot  1st Lt. Louis L. Longman, O-743351 (MIA / KIA, BR) Clinton, Iowa
MIA  April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday"
MACR  4501

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Constructors Number 3224. Assigned 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 185. No known nickname or nose art. When lost, engines V-1710-91 and V-1710-89 serial numbers: A-039210 and 42-31581. Weapon serial numbers listed in Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 4501.

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. This P-38 was last seen approximately five miles west of Bogadjim at an altitude of roughly 10,000-11,000'. This aircraft failed to return and was listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Search
The next day, aircraft from the 5th Air Force searched for this aircraft without success.

Wreckage
This P-38 crashed near Mongou village in Madang Province, on the western end of the Finisterre Range near
the gap at Shaggy Ridge.

During February 2005, local villagers turned over bone fragments and a Colt Model 1911 .45 pistol to American authorities. During 2009-2010, a team from JPAC visited the crash site and recovered additional remains. On November 1, 2013 the Department of Defense (DoD) officially identified Longman.

Memorials
Longman was officially declared dead on February 7, 1946. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. After his remains were identified, Longman was buried on April 12, 2014 at Rock Island Arsenal Cemetery in Rock Island, IL.

References
Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 4501
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Louis L. Longman
FindAGrave - Louis L Longman (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - 1Lt Louis L. Longman (grave, photos)
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-38J Lightning 42-104390
Black Sunday page ?
DPMO news release: "1st Lt. Louis L. Longman, U.S. Army Air Forces, 433rd Fighter Squadron, 475th Fighter Group, 5th Air Force, was lost on April 16, 1944, in Papua New Guinea. He was accounted for Nov. 1, 2013. He will be buried with full military honors in Clinton, Iowa, in the spring of 2014."
Keeping the Promise Vol. 7, No. 3 Fall 2013 recently accounted for page 3
The Clinton Herald Obituary for Louis L. Longman April 8, 2014

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Last Updated
September 26, 2018

 

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