|Pilot 2nd Lt. Thomas D. Harmon, O-732545 (survived) Rensselaer, IN
Crashed October 30, 1943
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Constructors Number 222-7815. Delivered to the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38G-10-LO Lightning serial number 42-13415. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned to the 14th Air Force, 51st Fighter Group, 449th Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. When lost engine V-1710-55 serial number 42-93299. When lost, weapon serial numbers: 50 caliber machine guns: 373286, 314463, 312949 and 314868 and 20mm cannon 52402.
On October 30, 1043 took off from Ling Ling Airfield (Lingling) piloted by 2nd Lt. Thomas D. Harmon as one of nine P-38s on a course of 43° from Hengyang on a mission to dive bomb docks five miles southwest of Kiukiang (Chiuchiang, Jiujiang). Weather was five miles of visibility with haze.
Over the target at 9:30am, the formation dive bombed from 8,000'. The formation was intercepted by enemy aircraft. During the mission, Harmon claimed two enemy fighters shot down. At 11:10am, this Lightning was last seen by P-38 piloted by 1st Lt. Robert B. Schultz. Harmon bailed out over a small lake south of Kiukiang. Schultz observed him alive in his parachute at approximately 1,000', and prevented an enemy aircraft from strafing him as he descended.
Harmon landed unhurt. He was aided by Chinese Communist forces, who helped him to reach friendly lines. He returned to duty a month later.
Harmon passed away on March 17, 1990 in Los Angeles, CA and was cremated.
Previously, Harmon bailed out of B-25D "Little Butch" 41-29964 on April 9, 1943
USAF Serial Number Search Results -
P-38G-10-LO Lightning 42-13415
"13415 (51st FG) lost Oct 30, 1043. MACR 1054"
Missing Air Crew Report 1054 (MARC 1054)
USAF Aerial Victory Credits -
Thomas D. Harmon
Pilots Also Pray by Thomas D. Harmon
FindAGrave - Tom Harmon (photos)
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June 29, 2019