|Pilot 1st Lt. Robert H. Adams, O-728535 (MIA / KIA) WA
MIA September 2, 1943
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38H-1-LO Lightning serial number 42-66563. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 8th Fighter Group, 80th Fighter Squadron "Headhunters". No known nickname or nose art.
On September 2, 1943 took off from 3 Mile Drome (Kila Drome) near Port Moresby piloted by 1st Lt. Robert H. Adams on a mission to escort B-25 Mitchells from the 38th Bombardment Group on a low level attack mission against Japanese shipping off Wewak. Over the target, a total of thirty-six Japanese fighters from the 13th Sentai, 24th Sentai, 59th Sentai (Ki-43 Oscars) and 68th Sentai (Ki-61 Tonys) took off to intercept the American formation.
This aircraft failed to return from the mission and was declared Missing In Action (MIA). Possibly, this P-38 force landed near the Fly River.
Adams was officially declared dead on December 19, 1945. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
Adams earned the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and Purple Heart (posthumously).
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-38H Lightning 42-66563
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Robert H. Adams
FindAGrave - 1Lt Robert H Adams (tablets of the missing)
Tuluvu's Air War, Chapter 5 by Richard Dunn
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August 11, 2019