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John Douglas 1995
|Pilot Lt. Campbell P. M. Wilson (survived)
Force Landed April 12, 1943
The P-38s climbed towards the formation of G4M1 Betty bombers. While climbing, Wilson experienced trouble with his right engine and fell behind the other two Lightnings, dropped into cloud cover, and did not participate in the interception.
Later, inland of Yule Island, this P-38 was attacked by a A6M Zero from the rear and a single burst of gunfire shattered his cockpit and holed the left engine. The attacking Zero flew above it, allowing Wlison to spiral to the left and escape.
Wilson was wounded by shattered perspex glass and shrapnel in his eye, but landed at Rogers Drome (30 Mile Drome) veering off the runway while landing. Afterwards, this aircraft was written off.
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