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|Pilot 1st Lt. Noel R. Lundy, O-432276 (KIA, BR) Shubert, NB
Crashed September 13, 1943
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Constructors Number 1245. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38H-5-LO Lightning serial number 42-66734. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 475th Fighter Group, 432nd Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
On September 13, 1943 took off from North Borio Airfield (Dobodura No. 15) near Dobodura piloted by 1st Lt. Noel R. Lundy on a mission to intercept an incoming Japanese air formation consisting of twelve Ki-49 Helen bombers escorted by forty-two Ki-43 Oscars and Ki-61 Tonys attacking Tsili Tsili.
The intercepting American aircraft also included P-47D Thunderbolts from the 348th Fighter Group, 432nd Fighter Squadron plus P-40 Warhawks from the 49th Fighter Group, 8th Fighter Squadron and P-38 Lightnings from the 49th Fighter Group, 80th Fighter Squadron "Headhunters".
During the interception, Lundy claimed one fighter shot down. He was shot down by a Ki-61 Tonys and crashed near Bena Bena and killed in the crash. Another source states he was lost near Kaiapit.
Lundy was officially declared dead the day of the mission. After his remains were recovered, he was buried at Manila American Cemetery at Plot L Row 6 Grave 15.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-38H-5-LO Lightning 42-66734
"66734 (475th FG, 432rd FS) shot down Sep 13, 1943"
Missing Air Crew Report 6325 (MACR 6325) page 2 mentions the loss of Lundy, page X enclosure 2
Page 2: "2. The Lieutenant LUNDY referred to in Attachment 3 is First Lieutenant NOEL R. LUNDY, O-432276, whose present status is killed in action 13 September 1943 near Kaiapit, New Guinea." Note, this reference might be a reference to P-38H- 42-66837 piloted by Bellows who crashed at Dumpu.
Page 5, Attachment 3 [statement by Francis J. Lent related to Lundy, illegible]
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Noel R. Lundy
FindAGrave - 1Lt Noel R Lundy (obituary, tablets of the missing)
News "Missing Shubert Flier Believed Jap Prisoner or Lost in Jungle"
The Nebraska State Journal "Shubert fighter pilot listed dead" February 10, 1944 page 2
"FALLS CITY. (UP). Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Lundy, Shubert, were advised by the war department Wednesday that their son, 1st Lt. Noel R. Lundy, army fighter pilot, was killed in action in New Guinea, Sept. 13. Lieutenant Lundy, a veteran fighter pilot, previously had been reported missing."
Possum, Clover & Hades: 475th Fighter Group in World War II pages 54-55
"Lundy and Weber were returning home when three Tonys jumped them near the base at Dumpu, about thirty miles south of Astrolabe Bay. Weber managed to escape the attack, but last saw two of the Tonys raking the belly of Lundy's P-38 with accurate fire."
American Fighter Aces - Lawrence F. O’Neill an Ace with Kearby's Thunderbolts by John Guttman mentions September 13, 1943 mission
Thanks to Keith Hopper and Edward Rogers for research and analysis
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