|Pilot 2nd Lt. John G. Knox, O-797845 (MIA / KIA) PA
MIA September 13, 1943
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 475th Fighter Group, 431st Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
On September 13, 1943 took off on a mission against Wewak. Encountered Japanese fighters over the Madang area, failed to return from the mission. Last seen south of Madang, to the west of the Bogadjim Road. This aircraft failed to return and was listed as Missing In Action (MIA). Also lost was P-38H Lightning 42-66837 piloted Lt. Bellows (rescued).
No search was conducted for this P-38 by the squadron after its loss.
This aircraft was found on the north bank of the Eviria River near Kesawai at roughly Lat 5° 46' 0S Long 145° 35' 60E. No trace of the pilot or a parachute was found.
Knox was officially declared dead on December 19, 1945. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
Missing Air Crew Report 6325 (MACR 6325)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John G. Knox
FindAGrave - 2Lt John G Knox (tablets of the missing)
431st Fighter Squadron History - September 13, 1943
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-38H Lightning 42-66749
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September 25, 2018