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  P-38F-15-LO Lightning Serial Number 43-2178 Nose 143
USAAF
13th AF
347th FG
339th FS

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339th FS c1943

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Constructors Number 322-3287. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38F-15-LO Lightning serial number 43-2178. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South Pacific (SOPAC) and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 13th Air Force (13th AF), 347th Fighter Group (347th FG), 339th Fighter Squadron (339th FS). No known nickname or nose art. Assigned to pilot George T. Chandler. Nose Number 143. On the left engine outer cowling was "Velma G". This P-38 operated from Fighter 2 (Kukum) on Guadalcanal. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-38F-15-LO Lightning 43-2178
Thanks to Robert Rocker and Jack Fellows for additional information

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019

 

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