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  P-38G-13-LO Lightning Serial Number 43-2238 Nose 122
USAAF
13th AF
347th FG
339th FS

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Doug Canning 1943

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

Wartime History
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 347th Fighter Group, 339th Fighter Squadron. Nose Number 122 painted in white. No known nickname or nose art. The right engine cowl was painted "Phoebe".

Wartime History
On April 18, 1943 took off from Figher 2 (Kukum) on Guadalcanal piloted by Thomas G. Lanphier, Jr. on the "Yamamoto Mission", shooting down G4M1 Betty 2656 with Admiral Yamamoto aboard. After the mission, this P-38 had two holes in the horizontal stabilizer.

Ultimate fate unknown, this aircraft was likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

References
13th Fighter Command in World War II - Chapter 8 - Yamamoto Mission pages 137 - 162

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Last Updated
May 28, 2018

 

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