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  P-38G-13-LO Lightning Serial Number 43-2208  
USAAF
5th AF
49th FG
9th FS

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Constructors Number 3317. 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. Assigned to pilot Lt. Ralph Wandrey.

Wartime History
On October 8, 1943 after take off at Dobodura, this P-38 crashed and burned. The unknown pilot survived.

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."

References
Thanks to Keith Hopper for additional information

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

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