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  P-38J-5 Lightning Serial Number 42-67171  
USAAF
13th AF
347th FG
339th FS

Pilot  2nd Lt. John E. Langen, O-750624 (MIA / KIA) CA
Ditched  January 17, 1944
MACR  1779

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

Wartime History
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 347th Fighter Group, 339th Fighter Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On January 17, 1944 took off from Stirling Airfield pilot 2nd Lt. John E. Langen on a bomber escort mission over Rabaul. His plane was reported at 1:30pm: "Plane last seen going down in flames over Blanche Bay, New Britain; however, the information recieved is not resonably conclusive evidence of death since two pilots missing under somewhat similar circumstances have already returned.”

Memorials
Langen was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

References
Missing Air Crew Report 1779 (MACR 1779)

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

Technical Info
P-38

MIA
MIA
1 Missing

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