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  P-38G-10-LO Lightning Serial Number 42-13381  
USAAF
329th FG
330th FS

Pilot  1st Lt. Gaston M. Hensley (survived)
Ditched  May 28, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 329th Fighter Group, 330th Fighter Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

Wartime History
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.

Rescue
Hensley suffered minor wounds and was later rescued by a U. S. Navy (USN) launch and returned to duty.

Wreckage
The wreckage of this P-38 is divable at a depth of 130'.

References
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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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

Tech Info
P-38

SCUBA
130'

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