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  P-38G-13-LO Lightning Serial Number 43-2215  
USAAF
5th AF
49th FG
9th FS

Pilot  1st Lt. Robert E. Douglas (rescued)
Force Landed  February 20, 1943
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army, serial number unknown. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

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

Mission History
On February 20, 1943 took off from Port Moresby on an escort mission over Gasmata. Returning, this P-38 and two others became lost and force landed on the beach at Huiva plantation, roughly 200 miles to the northwest of Port Moresby. Also force landed were P-38G 42-12863 piloted by Lidstrom and P-38G Lightning 42-12866 piloted by Bauhof.

Fate of the Pilot
Afterwards, all three pilots were rescued and returned to duty.

Wreckage
Afterwards, the U. S. Army salvaged two of the three P-38 Lightnings and transported them back to Port Moresby aboard a barge.

References
]PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-38 Lightning piloted by Douglas 20 February 1943
Aviation Archeology - P-38G 43-2215
Thanks to Keith Hopper for additional information

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Last Updated
September 26, 2018

 

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