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  P-38F-5-LO "Regina I" Serial Number 42-12654 Nose Number 30
USAAF
5th AF
35th FG
39th FS

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US Army Jan 20, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Constructors Number 7088. Initially built as a model P-38E-2-LO next on June 17, 1942 designated P-38F-2-LO and on August 12, 1942 designated P-38F-5-LO. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 35th Fighter Group, 39th Fighter Squadron. Assigned to pilot 1st Lt. Richard C. "Dick" Suehr. Nicknamed "Regina I". Nose Number 30.

Wartime History
Operated from 14 Mile Drome (Schwimmer) near Port Moresby. On January 20, 1943 this aircraft and pilot Suehr were photographed on the ground.

Robert Rocker adds:
"Dick Suehr told me that a US Army Signal Corps photo guy showed up one day and took photos of all of the squadrons aircraft at 14 Mile Drome."

On April 12, 1943, piloted by Suehr, took off 14 Mile Drome (Schwimmer) to intercept Japanese aircraft attacking Port Moresby. Suehr claimed a G4M1 Betty, shooting it down over Mount Chamberlain, near Goilala.

Officially written off on June 11, 1943.

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September 26, 2018

 

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