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  P-38G-13-LO Lightning Serial Number 43-2199  
USAAF
5th AF
49th FG
9th FS

Pilot   2nd Lt. Stanley W. Johnson, O-743343 (MIA / KIA) MT
MIA  November 7, 1943 at 12:40pm
MACR  1075

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Constructors Number 322-3308. 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 nose art or nickname.

On June 12, 1943 this P-38 was damaged during a taxiing accident at Horanda Airfield (Dobodura 4). Afterwards, repaired.

When lost, engines V-1710-55 and V-1710-53 serial numbers 42-93330 and 42-251440. This aircraft was armed with four .50 caliber machine guns serial numbers 199746, 198500, 198519 and 197600. 20mm cannon serial number

Wartime History
On November 7, 1943 took off from Kiriwina Airfield on a mission to escort bombers over Rabaul. The weather was cumulus clouds with 7/10th coverage from 1,000' to well over 30,000' over the target area. This P-38 was last seen by Captain Richard I. Bong with four enemy fighters on the tail of this P-38 over Saint Georges Channel near Induna Island. Last seen diving away. When this P-38 failed to return it was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Memorials
Johnson was officially declared dead on December 15, 1945. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at MAC. He also has a memorial marker at Lewistown City Cemetery in Lewistown, MT. Johnson earned the Silver Star, Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-38G-13-LO Lightning 43-2199
Missing Air Crew Report 1075 (MACR 1075) created November 9, 1943
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) Stanley W. Johnson
FindAGrave - 2Lt Stanley W Johnson (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Stanley Warren Johnson (Lewistown City Cemetery)
Jungle Ace page 145

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Last Updated
March 19, 2018

 

Tech Info
P-38

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November 7, 1943 (MACR 1075)

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November 7, 1943
(Protect & Avenge)

MIA
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