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  P-38G-15-LO Lightning Serial Number 43-2382  
5th AF
8th FG
80th FS

Pilot  2nd Lt. Robert M. Bennett, O-728550
Crashed  April 12, 1943

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

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 8th Fighter Group, 80th Fighter Squadron "Headhunters". No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
While taxing at Iron Range Airfield at 11:00am prior to a fligh bound for 3-Mile Drome (Kila) near Port Moresby, the nose wheel strut broke and left engine reduction gear cracked. Pilot Bennett was unhurt.

Thanks Keith Hopper for this information.

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Last Updated
August 11, 2019


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