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  P-38H-5-LO Lightning Serial Number 42-66752 Nose 197
USAAF
5th AF
475th FG
433rd FS

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Hagan October 17, 1943

Pilot  2nd Lt. Dale L. Badgett, O-742929 (MIA / KIA) OK
MIA  February 8, 1944
MACR  3681

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, 433rd Fighter Squadron. Assigned to pilot Captain Daniel T. Roberts. Nose number 197. No known nickname or nose art. Painted on the left side of the nose was "Captain D. T. Roberts" and Japanese flags marking victories. Operated from North Borio Airfield (Dobodura No. 15). When lost, engines V-1710-89 and V-1710-91 serial numbers 42-939927 and 42-29820.

Mission History
Took off from North Borio Airfield (Dobodura No. 15) at 9:45am on a test flight to test the fuel consumption of this aircraft at 25,000' over the Dobodura/Buna area. Over the radio to fellow pilots Austin Neely and Jack Fisk, at 10:45 he reported his altitude was 18,000' and that his cockpit was full of smoke and that he was going down and he planned to bail out at 15,000'. This P-38 was not observed to crash.

Memorials
Badgett was officially declared dead on April 8, 1944. Memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

References
Missing Air Crew Report 3681 (MACR 3681)
War In Pacific Skies page 100-101 (painting)
Note, some sources list the date of this loss as February 8, 1943
Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 3681 can not be found at present
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-38H Lightning 42-66749

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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