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|Pilot 1st Lt. Gaston M. Hensley (survived)
Ditched May 28, 1943
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 42-13381.
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 Pines.
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'.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-38G-10-LO Lightning 42-13381
CalWreckDivers.org - P-38
AviationArchaeology.com - May 1934 USAAF Stateside Accident Reports
Lists location as "one mile west of Camp Callan, CA"
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