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|Pilot 2nd Lt. Ralph E. Schmidt, O-743512 (MIA / KIA) CA
MIA August 18, 1943
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Constructors Number 1083. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38H-1-LO Lightning serial number 42-66572. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 475th Fighter Group (475th FG) "Satan's Angels", 431st Fighter Squadron (431st FS) "Hades". When lost, engine serial numbers V-1710-89 serial number 42-93645 and V-1710-91 serial number 42-29662. Weapon serial numbers not listed in MACR.
Over the target, Jett and Schmidt released their drop tanks, then Schmidt chased a "Zeke" (Ki-43 Oscar) spotted to the south. This aircraft was last seen southeast of Dagua at 10:00am by the flight's No. 3 2nd Lt. Edward Czarnecki. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
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