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|Pilot 2nd Lt George D. Richards, O-743504 (MIA / KIA) IN
MIA October 19, 1943 at 11:25am
Returning, the formation was scissoring in elements of two over the lead bomber formation. Attacked by 10-12 Zeros. An enemy Zero was observed peeling off to try to make an overhead attack on Eubank.
Flight leader Harris responded by pulling over to assist Eubanks, causing the enemy to pull back. While scissoring in formation, this P-38 clipped by P-38H 42-66626 piloted by Eubanks causing his right wing to break off and right engine to explode.
Last seen by 2nd Lt. Jarrold D. Lilliedoll., the crash was observed by fellow pilots 1st Lt. John R Mulvey, 1st Lt. Bill Harris. Both aircraft crashed into the sea roughly three miles northeast of the East Cape of Fauro Island. No parachutes was observed.
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