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  P-38H-1-LO Lightning Serial Number 42-66556  
USAAF
5th AF
475th FG
431st FS

Pilot  Lt Paul V. Morriss (survived)
Crashed  September 5, 1943
MACR  none

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. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On September 5, 1943 took off from 17 Mile Drome (Durand) near Port Moresby on a mission. Morriss bailed out in the vicinity of 30 Mile Drome (Rogers).

Rescue
Morriss landed unhurt and was later rescued by an Australian Army patrol.

References
431st Fighter Squadron Microfilm, frame 1482 history 431FS
PNG Museum Aircraft Card - P-38H 42-66556

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

Tech Info
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