|Pilot 1st Lt.
Stanley C. Northrup (survived) Portland, OR
Ditched August 24, 1943
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Constructors Number 1256. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 475th Fighter Group (475th FG) "Satan's Angels", 433rd Fighter Squadron (433rd FS) "Possum". No known nose art or nickname.
On August 24, 1943 took off from Borio Airfield (Doboudra No. 11) near Dobodura on a mission to escort B-24 Liberators over Wewak. Returning from the mission, Northrup became lost and flew southward until he ran out of fuel and ditched into the Purari River (Parrarri River) near
the Romilly saw mill roughly 20 miles from Port Romely.
Fate of the Pilot
Northrup survived unhurt and was rescued by a PBY Catalina and returned to base.
Northrup passed away on April 20, 2009. He is buried at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona del Mar, CA.
Possum Clover and Hades incorrectly states this P-38 crash landed near Dobodura
USAAF Accident Report
- P-38H 42-66745 piloted by 1st Lt.
Stanley C. Northrup
FindAGrave - Stanley C Northrup (grave photo)
Thanks to Keith Hopper for additional information
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December 2, 2019