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  P-38J-10-LO Lightning Serial Number 42-67785  
13th AF
18th FG
44th FS

Pilot  2nd Lt. George W. Snell, O-749093 (MIA / KIA) CO
MIA  January 17, 1944 at 2:00pm
MACR  1776

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Constructors Number 2296. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38J-10-LO Lightning 42-67785. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South Pacific and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 18th Fighter Group, 44th Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On January 17, 1944 took off from Stirling Airfield piloted by 2nd Lt. George W. Snell on a mission to escort bombers over Rabaul. Last seen at 2:00pm over the southwest coast of New Ireland. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Also lost were P-38J pilot Munson (MIA), P-38J 42-67179 (MIA), P-38J 42-67611 (MIA), P-38H 42-66680 (MIA), P-38H 42-66897 (rescued), P-38J 42-67171 (MIA).

Snell was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He earned the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and Purple Heart, posthumously. He is memorialized at Honolulu Cemetery (Punchbowl) at the courts of the missing on court 7.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-38J-10-LO Lightning 42-67785
Missing Air Crew Report 1776 (MACR 1776)
HQ 18th Fighter Group January 1 – February 29, 1944 (USAF Historical Research Agency IRSUM: 78048)
{Page 5) "January 17, 1944 44th Fighter Squadron - Our loss: 1st Lt. Earl R. Heckler, Munson, Snell, reported missing in action. 2nd Lt. Theodore Schoettel, killed in action."
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - George W. Snell

FindAGrave - 2Lt George W Snell (courts of the missing photo)

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Last Updated
September 26, 2018


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