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  P-38H-5-LO Lightning Serial Number 42-66828  
USAAF
5th AF
475th FG
431rd FS

Pilot  Captain Waldemer L. Hawkins, Jr., O-396473 21st Air Service Group, HQ (MIA / KIA) NY
Crashed  June 23, 1944
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Constructors Number 1339. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38H-5-LO Lightning serial number 42-66828. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 475th Fighter Group, 431st Fighter Squadron. Assigned to pilot Morriss. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On June 23, 1944 took off from Finschafen Airfield piloted by Captain Waldemer L. Hawkins, Jr. on a flight bound for Milne Bay. When this aircraft failed to arrive it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA). Presumed lost in the Milne Bay area.

Memorials
Hawkins was officially declared dead on February 22, 1946. He earned the Air Medal. Hawkins is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-38H-5-LO Lightning 42-66828
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Waldemer L. Hawkins Jr.
FindAGrave - Capt Waldemer L Hawkins, Jr (tablets of the missing photo)
Fold3 - Waldemer L Hawkins, Jr

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Last Updated
June 29, 2019

 

Tech Info
P-38

MIA
MIA
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