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  P-38H-1-LO Lightning Serial Number 42-66513  
USAAF
5th AF
475th FG
432nd FS

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Ebay 2012

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Contract Number Air Force 24636. Delivered to the U. S. Army on May 12, 1943. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 475th Fighter Group, 432nd Fighter Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. Assigned to pilot Captain Danny T. Roberts, Jr.

This aircraft was adorned with six Japanese flags, representing Roberts victory claims. Officially, Roberts was officially credited with 12 victories. The first two with the 80th Fighter Squadron, the remainder with the 432nd Fighter Squadron. It is likely he claimed other aircraft that he was not officially credited.
1) April 11, 1943 with 80th Fighter Squadron
2) April 11, 1943 with 80th Fighter Squadron
3) August 21, 1943 with 432nd Fighter Squadron
4) August 21, 1943 with 432nd Fighter Squadron
5) September 7, 1943 with 432nd Fighter Squadron
6) October 17, 1943 (two victories) with 432nd Fighter Squadron

This aircraft operated from North Borio Airfield (Dobodura No. 15). Retired from service or written off on December 13, 1943. Ultimate fate unknown, likely this aircraft was converted to spare parts, scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

An aluminium panel with six Japanese flags and main dataplate were removed by Walter ?, 56987600 139th AACS Sg. Det. 15 / APO 929 and mailed to his home in Nashville, Tennessee. During April 2012, a the dataplate and the aluminium panel with six Japanese flags was sold on Ebay for $2,524.00.

Ebay item number 230771642316 sold by mah_to_toh_pa_4bears:
"This lot was sent back by a WWII vet who was stationed in the pacific theater from 1943 to 1945. The aluminum piece with the Japanese flags on it measures approx. 8" by 8 & 1/2". The envelope this was sent home in was marked " Contents 2 pieces of aluminum", it contained the kill flag piece, a metal tag marked U. S. Army Air Corps Type P -38H-1-LO, Serial No. AF42-66513 Order No. AF 24636 Date Accepted 5-12-43, and an approval stamp. There was an envelope inside to the vet's Spouse that reads " Honey, Cover the flags with clear shellac and that will preserve them - Love Walter " . She did not cover them with shellac, she used clear cellophane and taped it over the flags, ( see images ). Several other items include a book marked " Airdomes Guide Southwest Pacific Area ", a restricted telephone directory New Guinea Area ( has all military names ranks, jobs, locations etc ), other booklets etc. From what I've been able to learn is that Captain Daniel Roberts flew the P-38 that this tag and aluminum came off of in 1943 over New Guinea."

References
Ebay "WWII P-38 Lightning Japanese Kill Flags New Guniea KIA Captain Danny Roberts" item 230771642316 by mah_to_toh_pa_4bears ended April 9, 2012 sold for $2,524.00
USAF Aerial Victory Credits - Daniel T. Roberts, Jr.

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Last Updated
September 26, 2018

 

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