|Pilot 1st Lt. Robert L. Hubner, O-750596 (MIA / KIA) CA
MIA April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday"
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Assigned to the U.S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 475th Fighter Group, 432nd Fighter Squadron. Nose Number ???. No known nickname or nose art. When lost, engines V-1710-91 and V-1710-89 serial numbers: 42-31283 and 42-95196. Weapon serial numbers listed in MACR.
On April 16, 1944 took off from Nadzab No. 3 Airfield a mission to escort A-20 Havocs over Hollandia. Returning the formation encountered a severe weather front. This P-38 was last seen approximately five miles west of Bogadjim at an altitude of roughly 10,000-11,000'. This aircraft failed to return and was listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
The next day, aircraft from the 5th Air Force searched for this aircraft without success.
This aircraft has never been found to this day.
Hubner was officially declared dead on January 23, 1946. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
Missing Air Crew Report 4498 (MACR 4498)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Robert L. Hubner
FindAGrave - 1Lt Robert L Hubner
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-38J Lightning 42-67594
Black Sunday page ?
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September 25, 2018