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  P-38G-1-LO Lightning Serial Number 42-12690 Nose 100
USAAF
13th AF
347th FG
339th FS

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 347th Fighter Group, 339th Fighter Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. Nose number 100.

Wartime History
On April 18, 1943 took off from Figher 2 (Kukum) on Guadalcanal piloted by 1st Lt Besby T. Holmes as element leader of the spare element of high cover on the "Yamamoto Mission". After spotting the enemy formation over Bougainville, Holmes was unable to release his drop tanks and P-38G piloted by Hine stayed with him, until he was able to sucessfully release his tanks and joined the combat.

Observing the second bomber G4M1 Betty 326 flying low over the sea. He joined P-38G piloted by Hine and and P-38G "Miss Virginia" 43-2264 #147 piloted by Rex T. Barber attacking it and forced it to ditch in the sea off Moila Point.

Engaging escorting Zeros, Holmes claimed one shot down. Then, he departed the target area alone and low on fuel and radioed for assistance, and paired up with P-38G piloted by Doug Canning.

Short on fuel, he landed at the new airfield under construction in the Russell Islands, first buzzing the runway, then landing woth less than five gallons of fuel remaining. Refueled with from 5 gallon jerry cans borrowed from PT boats, Holmes took off and returned to Figher 2 (Kukum) later that afternoon.

Ultimate fate of this aircraft is unknown, not lost in combat or accident, likely scrapped or th or otherwise disappeared.

References
13th Fighter Command in World War II pages 143, 147

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Last Updated
March 1, 2018

 

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