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  F-5A-10-LO Lightning Serial Number 42-12984  
USAAF
13th AF
6th PRG
25th PRS

Pilot ┬áLt. Tommie G. Martin (survived)
Crashed  January 17, 1944
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38G-10-LO Lightning serial number 42-12984. Converted into a F-5A-10-LO Lightning photographic reconnaissance version. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group (6th PRG), 25th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. Equipped with K-17 and K-18 aerial cameras.

Mission History
On January 17, 1944 took off piloted by Lt. Tommie G. Martin on a flight. Over Horn Island, Martin bailed out and landed safely.

Wreckage
The tail fin of this aircraft remains on Horn Island.

References
Note, other sources incorrectly state this aircraft was lost on January 19, 1944
USAF Serial Number Search Results - F-5A 42-12984
Oz@War "Date unknown crash of a P-38 Lighting at Horn Island" [F-5A Lightning]
AAIR January 1944 USAAF Overseas Accident Reports
Thanks to Jason Daniels, Daniel Leahy and Keith Hopper for additional information

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Last Updated
October 25, 2019

 

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