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  F-5B-1-LO Lightning Serial Number 42-67383 Tail 83
5th AF
6th PRG
8th PRS

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8th PRS April 30, 1944

Pilot  1st Lt Hewitt H. Clark, O-732165 (survived)
Crashed  April 30, 1944
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. 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, 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. Tail Number 83 painted in white.

Mission History
On April 30, 1944 while attempting to land at Tadji Airfield the pilot made an error on landing and crashed into P-40N Kittyhawk A29-405. The wreckage of this Lightning came to rest in a swampy area near the edge of the runway. Pilot Clark was unhurt.

PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - F-5B Lightning 42-67383

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Last Updated
September 25, 2018


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