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  P-38H-5-LO "We Dood It" Serial Number 42-66908  
USAAF
5th AF
475th FG
431st FS

Pilot  2nd Lt. Roger A. Pare, O-749574 (survived)
Crash Landed  October 17, 1943
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 475th Fighter Group, 431st Fighter Squadron. This aircraft was assigned to pilot Champlin. Squadron number 1?? (last two digits unknown). Nicknamed "We Dood It", a play on comedian Red Skelton's character "Mean Widdle Kid" Junior from his Raleigh Cigarette radio program, whose favorite phrase: "I dood it!" became part of the American lexicon.

Mission History
On October 17, 1943 took off from North Borio Airfield (Doboudra No. 12) near Dobodura piloted by Pare on a mission to intercept incoming Japanese A6M Zero fighters at 10:30am. This P-38 crash landed, pilot Pare survived and returned to duty.

The ultimate fate of this aircraft is unknown, likely abandoned, scrapped or otherwise disappeared. Also lost are P-40N 42-104991 (MIA), P-38H 42-66561 (MIA), P-38H 42-66743 (MIA), P-38H 42-66836 (rescued).

References
Thanks to Edward Rogers for additional research and analysis

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Last Updated
May 22, 2017

 

Tech Info
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