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  F-5B-1-LO Lightning Serial Number 42-67350  
USAAF
5th AF
6th PRG
26th PRS

Pilot  1st Lt. Donald W. Christians O-732162 (KIA, BR)
Crashed  April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday"
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Constructors Number 1861. Converted from a model P-38G into a F-5B-1 photographic reconnaissance version. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, 26th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On April 16, 1944 took off from Nadzab No. 3 Airfield piloted by 1st Lt. Donald W. Christians on a mission to escort A-20 Havocs over Hollandia. Returning the formation encountered a severe weather front. Returning, this Lightning collided with B-25D 41-30337 while landed at Saidor Airfield. Christians was killed in the crash. Afterwards, this aircraft was written off.

Memorials
Christians was recovered and temporarily buried at Saidor. Postwar, his remains were transported to the United States for permenant burial at at Pleasant View Cemetery in Little Rock, Iowa at plot L grave 13.

References
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-38J Lightning 42-104352
Black Sunday page ?
FindAGrave - Donald W. Christians

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Last Updated
September 25, 2018

 

Tech Info
P-38

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