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  P-38H-5-LO "Pudgy II" Serial Number 42-66817 Nose 131
USAAF
5th AF
475th FG
431st FS


USAAF c1943

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Constructors Number 1328. At the factory, this aircraft was painted with olive drab upper surfaces and gray lower surfaces. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38H-5-LO Lightning serial number 42-66817. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) and reassembled.

Wartime History
A
ssigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF) , 475th Fighter Group "Satan's Angles" (475th FG), 431st Fighter Squadron "Hades" (431st FS). Assigned to pilot Major Thomas B. McGuire, Jr. Squadron Number 131 was painted on the nose and tail.

Nicknamed "Pudgy" after his wife, the second aircraft to bear this name, also referred to as "Pudgy II", although the roman numerals were not part of the painted nickname. Painted on the side of the cockpit was "Pilot Capt. T. B. McGuire" and a rectangular scoreboard with Japanese rising sun flags (four rows 5-5-5-2) indicating McGuire's 17 aerial victory claims at the time. Below was the USAAF serial number stencil.

This was the second aircraft that bore the this nickname and squadron number, including P-38H "Pudgy", this aircraft "Pudgy II" 42-66817 and later P-38L Pudgy III, P-38L "Pudgy IV" and P-38L "Pudgy V" 44-24155. Each aircraft had squadron number 131 on the nose and tail.

Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-38L-1-LO Lightning 42-66817

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019

 

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