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  P-38H-5-LO Lightning Serial Number 42-66749  
USAAF
5th AF
475th FG
431st FS

Pilot  2nd Lt. John G. Knox, O-797845 (MIA / KIA) PA
MIA  September 13, 1943
MACR  6325

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, 475th Fighter Group, 431st Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
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).

Search
No search was conducted for this P-38 by the squadron after its loss.

Wreckage
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.

Memorials
Knox was officially declared dead on December 19, 1945. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

References
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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Last Updated
September 25, 2018

 

Tech Info
P-38

MIAMIA
1 Missing

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