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  P-38G-5-LO Lightning Serial Number 42-12863  
5th AF
49th FG
9th FS

Pilot  1st Lt. Harry Lidstrom, O-425569 (rescued) IL
Force Landed  February 20, 1943
MACR  none

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

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 49th Fighter Group, 9th Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On February 20, 1943 took off from Port Moresby on an escort mission over Gasmata. Returning, this P-38 and two others became lost and force landed on the beach at Huiva plantation, roughly 200 miles to the northwest of Port Moresby. Also force landed were P-38G piloted by Douglas and P-38G Lightning 42-12866 piloted by Bauhof.

Fate of the Pilot
Afterwards, all three pilots were rescued and returned to duty.

Afterwards, the U. S. Army salvaged two of the three P-38 Lightnings and transported them back to Port Moresby aboard a barge.

Lidstrom was later killed piloting P-38 Lightning on October 16, 1943 between Lae and Dobodura
]PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-38 Lightning piloted by Lidstrom 20 February 1943
Aviation Archeology - P-38G 42-12863
Thanks to Keith Hopper for additional information

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Last Updated
September 26, 2018


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