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  P-38G-13-LO Lightning Serial Number 43-2195  
USAAF
5th AF
49th FG
9th FS

Pilot   Lt. Robert "Snake Bite Bob" Vaught (survived)
Force Landed  March 5, 1943
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Constructors Number 3304. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 49th Fighter Group, 9th Fighter Squadron. No known noseart or nickname.

Wartime History
On March 5, 1943 took off from Dobodura Airfield on a followup mission after the Battle of the Bismarck Sea. During the combat, he claimed his fourth and fifth kills over Lae. One of his engines was damaged during the combat and he he elected to divert into Wau. The second engine failed on final approach and he impacted the ground short of Wau Airfield.

Wreckage
Until the 1960s, the wreckage of this aircraft remained on property owned by Ron Firns. When the aircraft was being scrapped, his son Ken recovered pieces including the control column, rudder pedals, engine control stand. Today, these pieces are owned by Keith Hopper.

References
Thanks to Keith Hopper for additional information

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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