|Pilot 1st Lt. Lee C. Haigler, O-724529 (MIA / KIA) TX
MIA November 13, 1943 at 10:20am
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 35th Fighter Group, 39th Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. When lost, engines V-1710-89 and V-1710-91 serial numbers 42-29643 and 42-93812. Weapon serial number not noted in Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 3039.
On November 13, 1943 took off from Port Moresby on a escort mission over Rabaul. Last contact by radio was reported as over the sea, 40 miles northeast of Buna.
Smith was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. Haigler has a memorial marker at Oakwood Cemetery Annex in Austin, TX.
Missing Air Crew Report 3039 (MACR 3039) was created retroactively
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Lee C. Haigler
FindAGrave - 1Lt Lee C Haigler (photo)
FindAGrave - Lee Costley Haigler (memorial marker photo)
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June 29, 2019