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  P-38H-1-LO Lightning Serial Number 42-66578  
5th AF

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California at a cost of $96,990.00 under USAAF order number AC-24636 using funds F-1. Constructors Number 1089.

Delivered to the U. S. Army on May 31, 1943 took off from Burbank Airfield on a flight to Sacramento Air Depot (SAD). On June 11, 1943 flown from the Sacramento Air Depot (SAD) to Fort Mason Airfield and assigned to "LEFT" (5th Air Force) and departed on July 2, 1943. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force. Condemned "MISS EA" (Missing, Enemy Aircraft) indicating this plane was shot down over enemy territory.

Possibly, this aircraft was assigned to the 8th Fighter Group, 80th Fighter Squadron "Headhunters" and was one of three planes lost on August 21, 1943 escort mission over Wewak including: P-38 piloted by Feehan, P-38 piloted by Guttel or P-38 piloted by Krisher.

Individual Aircraft Record Card (IARC) - P-38H Lightning Serial Number 42-66578

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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