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  P-38H-1-LO "Hot Box Annie" Serial Number 42-66545 Nose 123
USAAF
5th AF
475th FG
431st FS

Pilot  2nd Lt. Joseph A. Robertson, O-745513 (MIA / KIA) TX
MIA  January 18, 1944 at 11:00am
MACR  1913

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

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 475th Fighter Group, 431st Fighter Squadron. Nicknamed "Hot Box Annie". Nose Number 123. When lost engine V-1710-91 serial number 42-93696 & V-171089 serial number 42-29642. Weapon serial numbers noted in MACR 1913.

Mission History
On January 18, 1944 took off at from North Embi Airfield (Dobodura Airfield No. 12) near Dobodura on fighter sweep over Wewak. Flying as part of "White Flight" led by Captain D. W. Allen as the fourth aircraft at an altitude of 19,000'. At 11:00am while flying over the Alexander Mountains roughly eleven miles west of Boram Airfield, the top cover flight released their drop tanks. One of the tanks hit the right wing of this P-38 causing it to go into a spin. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Memorials
Robertson was officially declared dead on January 16, 1945. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

References
Missing Air Crew Report 1913 (MACR 1913)
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-38H Lightning 42-66545
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Joseph A. Robertson
FindAGrave - 2Lt Joseph A Robertson (tablets of the missing photo)

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Last Updated
September 26, 2018

 

Tech Info
P-38

Map
Lat 3.34
Long 143.38

MIAMIA
1 Missing

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