|Pilot 1st Lt. Gaston M. Hensley (survived)
Ditched May 28, 1943
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army.
Assigned to the 329th Fighter Group, 330th Fighter Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.
On May 28, 1943 took off from NAS San Diego on Coronado Island for a training mission at 5:40am, the last of three to take off. Participated in low altitude dawn patrol, formation flying and low level attack. During the flight, this P-38's propeller touched the sea, badly damaging and forcing it to ditch roughly a half mile offshore from Torrey
Hensley suffered minor wounds and was later rescued by a U. S. Navy (USN) launch and returned to duty.
The wreckage of this P-38 is divable at a depth of 130'.
CalWreckDivers.org - P-38
AviationArchaeology.com - May 1934 USAAF Stateside Accident Reports
Lists location as "one mile west of Camp Callan, CA
Are you a relative or associated with any person mentioned?
Do you have photos or additional information to add?
September 26, 2018