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  P-38H-1-LO Lightning Serial Number 42-66532  
USAAF
5th AF
35th FG
39th FS

Pilot  1st Lt. Lee C. Haigler, O-724529 (MIA / KIA) TX
MIA  November 13, 1943 at 10:20am
MACR  3039

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
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.

Mission History
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.

Memorials
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.

References
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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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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