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  P-38H-5-LO "Jandina" Serial Number 42-668?? Squadron Letter J
USAAF
5th AF
8th FG
80th FS

Former Assignments
35th FG
39th FS

Pilot History
Jay T. Robbins was born in Coolidge TX. He claimed a total of 22 kills at the end of the war. Later served as a Lt. General in USAF Strategic Air Command.

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Constructors Number 133? This aircraft was painted with olive drab upper surfaces with neutral gray lower surfaces. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 35th Fighter Group, 39th Fighter Squadron Later, assigned to the 8th Fighter Group, 80th Fighter Squadron "Headhunters". Assigned to pilot Jay T. Robbins. Nicknamed "Jandina". Robbins claimed at least 7 victories in this aircraft.

"Jandina" (I, II, III, IV, V) was the name of all five of the P-38's Jay T. Robbins flew during WWII. The aircraft had a natural aluminum finish. The nose art was an oriental god with its hands above its head. The nickname stood for his nickname "Jay" and his wife's "Ina", joined to "Jandina". Captain Jay T. Robbins name was painted in red, with his victory markings (imperial rising sun flags).

Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

References
Thanks to Jason Van Der Vee for additional information.

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

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