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  P-38H-5-LO Lightning Serial Number 42-66738  
5th AF
8th FG

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July 13, 1944 Sgt Uling

Pilot  Lt. McWhorter (rescued)
Force Landed  July 13, 1944
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 8th Fighter Group. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On July 13, 1944 force landed intact southwest of Kupiano into kunai grass at roughly Lat 10.07 Long 148.07. McWhorter was unhurt in the landing.

Afterwards, villagers and missionaries in the area took him to Hood Point. On July 20, 1944 a Stinson L-5 from the 25th Liaison Squadron piloted by T/Sgt Walter G. Conrad landed at Hula Airfield (Hood Point Airfield) and flew him to Port Moresby and he later returned to duty.

Remained in situ until at least the early 1980s. On May 3, 1981, Bruce Hoy / PNG Museum visited the wreckage and salvaged a portion of the nose of this aircraft was used to repair the nose section, recovered off of P-38G 42-12847 this nose was then installed onto P-38F 42-12647 displayed at the PNG Museum.

Bruce Hoy (former PNG Museum curator) reports:
"We drove down to [42-66738] and removed one section of skin on the left side of that aircraft (and at the same time I removed the aircraft's serial plate, still attached inside the cockpit), as [ P-38G 42-12847's nose ] was damaged in that area."

In the middle 1990s, the tail booms and tail section were made into a fence. As of May 26, 2015, there were only small pieces at the crash site.

PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-38H Lightning 42-66738
Thanks to Bruce Hoy and Keith Hopper for additional information.

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Last Updated
September 26, 2018


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