Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Constructors Number 322-3317. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38G-13-LO Lightning serial number 43-2208. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 49th Fighter Group, 9th Fighter Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. Assigned to pilot Lt. Ralph Wandrey.
On October 8, 1943 after take off at Dobodura, this P-38 crashed and burned with the pilot escaping safely.
Kieth Hopper adds:
"Claringbould has a photo of this aircraft arriving in Port Moresby by ship. The wreckage is not where it crashed. It has been collected and put in a pile. I found a LAC Manufacture number to prove it's identity. The wreckage of 43-2208 is in amongst the other wreckage on the north side of Dobodura No. 7 (Girua Airport). I guess at some stage since the war ended someone (probably the Australian Administration pre 1974) had a clean up around the operational Girua Airfield and put all loose wreckage on top of all the steel wreckage left by the scrappers. An elderly friend of my fathers once told me he has photos of aircraft scrapping operations at Popendetta post war, I've always meant to view and copy them. The scrap smelter is still there."
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-38G-13-LO Lightning 43-2208
"2208 (49th FG, 9th FS) both engines failed on takeoff, bellylanded and burned out at Horanda, New Guinea Oct 8, 1943. Pilot exited safely."
Thanks to Keith Hopper for additional information
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October 23, 2019