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|Pilot 2nd Lt. Ardell A. Nord, O-660672 (MIA / KIA) Wilkin County, MN
MIA February 14, 1943
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Constructor Number 222-7120. Converted from a P-38G model into a F-5A photographic reconnaissance version. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as F-5A-1-LO Lightning Serial Number 42-12678. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South Pacific and reassembled.
Assigned to the 13th Air Force (13th AF), 4th Photo Reconnaissance Group (4th PRG), 17th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron (17th PRS). No known nose art or nickname. When lost, engines V-1710-55, serial number 42-32330 and 42-28536. Camera serial numbers unknown.
Justin Taylan adds:
On September 7, 1943 the 17th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron (17th PRS) held a memorial service on Guadalcanal to honor the members of the squadron MIA/KIA to that date including 1st Lt. Harold W. Erwin, 1st Lt. John A. Mancini (MIA F-5A 42-12967), 2nd Lt. Ardell A. Nord (MIA F-5A 42-12678), 2nd Lt. Charles Roberts, Jr. (MIA pilot F-5A 42-12680) 2nd Lt. Fred H. Baird (MIA F-5A 42-12983), 2nd Lt. Roy L. Peterson (MIA F-5A 42-12977) and Pvt Edward P. Gray.
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