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October 7, 1943
|Pilot D. W. Livsey (survived) El Cajon, CA
Force Landed October 7, 1943
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Constructors Number 1404. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38H-5-LO Lightning serial number 42-66893. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South Pacific (SOPAC) and reassembled.
Assigned to the 13th Air Force (13th AF), 18th Fighter Group (18th FG), 44th Fighter Squadron "Vampire Squadron" (44th FS). Nicknamed "Jan II". Nose Number 32.
On October 7, 1943 took off piloted by D. W. Livsey and force landed wheels up at Barakoma Airfield on Vella Lavella. At the time, Livsey was detached for service with the 15th Fighter Group, 12th Fighter Squadron. During the landing, the tips of the propeller blades were bent and Livsey survived unhurt. Afterwards, usable parts including the .50 caliber ammunition and ammunition holders were removed and the aircraft was towed off the runway. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-38H-5-LO Lightning serial number 42-66893
Thanks to Robert Rocker for additional information
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