|Pilot 2nd Lt. Roger A. Pare, O-749574 (survived)
Crash Landed October 17, 1943
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
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.
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).
Thanks to Edward Rogers for additional research and analysis
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May 3, 2016