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  P-38G-1-LO Lightning Serial Number 42-12709  
5th AF
8th FG
80th FS

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Pilot  2nd Lt Richard S. Strommen, O-746216 (survived)
Crashed  September 15, 1943
MACR  none

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 5th Air Force, 8th Fighter Group, 80th Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On September 15, 1943 took off from 3 Mile Drome near Port Moresby on a mission. During the flight, this Lightning became lost in bad weather and Strommen bailed out and landed safely.

Strommen was later rescued, and returned to Port Moresby.

This P-38 is located 15 miles northwest of Kikori, Gulf Province. Located four miles up river from Baimuru (Ibiko village). The tail boom has traces of a tail letter (letter unknown). The 80th Fighter Squadron used letters the tail of aircraft.

PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-38G Lightning 42-12709
National Archives 90th Fighter Squadron History Frame 359 Microfilm 1065#3
Tales of a War Pilot chapter 3 "Escape from the Stone Age" pages 29-50 recounts Strommen's loss and return

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018


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