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|Pilot 2nd Lt. George C. Haniotis, O-746098 (MIA / KIA) Okmulgee, OK
MIA November 5, 1943 at 12:40pm
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Constructors Number 222-7089. Delivered to the U. S. Army as P-38E-2-LO Lightning serial number 42-12655. On June 17, 1942 redesignated as P-83F-2-LO then on August 12, 1942 as P-38F-5-LO. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Over the target, two Zero were spotted and the P-38s dove to attack. Haniotis was lost for a couple minutes then rejoined Bong. During another engagement at 12:30, Haniotis was back on Bong's wing then was lost again, likely attacking another Zero. Last seen roughly 5 miles northwest of Vunakanau Airfield by pilots 1st Lt. Douglas E. Barrett and 2nd Lt. Stanley W. Johnson.
As Bong was over Tobera Airfield leaving the area, someone called Bong over the radio twice and asked if he had left the area. Bong believed the voice was Haniotis. Both times Bong responded, but there no acknowledgment. The last call was at 12:40pm. When this aircraft failed to return, Haniotis was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA). The reason for his loss was unknown.
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