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  P-38G-1-LO "Veni Vidi Vici" Serial Number 42-12705  
USAAF
5th AF
418th NFS

Former Assignments
8th FG
80th FS

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80th FS November 2, 1943

Pilot  1st Lt. Edward E. Craig, O-743420 (MIA / KIA) CA
Crashed  March 4, 1944
MACR  3306

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

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 8th Fighter Group, 80th Fighter Squadron. Tail code "V".

On November 2, 1943 took off from Port Moresby piloted by 1st Lt. Cy Homer on a mission to escort B-25 Mitchells over Rabaul. Inbound to the target, photographed with P-38H 42-66835 escorting B-25D "Arkansas Traveler" 41-30094.

Later, assigned to the 418th Night Fighter Squadron (418th NFS). Nicknamed "Veni Vidi Vici". One of three P-38G's converted to night fighters at the 4th Air Depot at Townsville. When lost, engines V-1710-55 and V-1710-51, serial numbers unknown.

Mission History
On March 4, 1944 one of two P-38s that took off on a patrol mission over the eastern tip of Manus Island along with P-38G Lightning piloted by 2nd Lt. Robert M. Forrestal. At about 20:30 hours, the aircraft was last sighted and radio contact was made about 120 miles out of Finschhafen on course 170°. Both aircraft were then caught in a storm.

When Craig failed to returned, he was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA). Forrestal's P-38 made a crash landing out of fuel at Cape Gloucester and returned to duty.

Memorials
Craig was officlaly declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

Reference
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-38G Lightning 42-12705
Thanks to Keith Hopper for additional historical information.

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

Tech Info
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