|Pilot 1st Lt. Arthur R. Bauhof, O-724508 (rescued) TX
Force Landed February 20, 1943
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.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 49th Fighter Group, 9th Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
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 43-2215 piloted by Douglas and P-38G 42-12863 piloted by Lidstrom.
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.
Bauhof later went Missing In Action (MIA) piloting P-38 Lighting MIA May 14, 1943 into the sea
Pilot Roster, 9th Fighter Squadron 1942-1943 via Edward Rogers
USAF Serial Number Search Results 42-12866: "fitted with experimental gun installation of 2 short-barrel 20-mm cannon and four 0.50-inch machine guns as part of XP-49 program" [likely this entry is in error].
Aviation Archeology - P-38G 42-12866
Thanks to Keith Hopper for additional information
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September 26, 2018