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  P-38H-1-LO Lightning Serial Number 42-66593  
USAAF
5th AF
475th FG
431st FS

Pilot ¬†1st Lt. Paul Smith, O-740581 (MIA / KIA) WV
MIA  November 8, 1943 at 11:00am
MACR  1846

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia 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 November 8, 1943 took off from North Embi Airfield (Dobodura No. 12) on a mission. Returning via Kiriwina Island, this P-38 was last seen at 11:00am entering heavy clouds about 20 miles northwest of the Ayutosen Maru  (The Gona Wreck). When Smith failed to return he was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Memorials
Smith was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

References
Missing Air Crew Report 1846 (MACR 1846)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Paul Smith
FindAGrave - Paul Smith (photo)

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

Technical Info
P-38

MIA
MIA
1 Missing
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