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  P-38J-15-LO "Jandina IV" Serial Number 43-28832  
USAAF
5th AF
8th FG
80th FS

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circa Aug-Nov, 1944

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circa November 14, 1944

Pilot History
Jay T. Robbins of Coolidge Texas. Assigned to the 80th Fighter Squadron during late 1942 and began flying from 3 Mile Drome (Kila) near Port Moresby and Turnbull Field near Milne Bay. Robbins was credited with a total of 22 victories at the end of the war. Postwar, he attained the rank of Lt. General in the USAF Strategic Air Command.

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled. This aircraft had a natural aluminum finish.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 8th Fighter Group, 80th Fighter Squadron "Headhunters". Assigned to pilot Major Jay T. Robbins with crew chief S/Sgt. H. P. Mosback. Nicknamed "Jandina IV". The nose art was an oriental god with its hands above its head.

"Jandina" (I, II, III, IV, V) was the nickname of all five of the P-38 Lightnings flown by Jay T. Robbins. The nickname stood for his nickname "Jay" and his wife's "Ina", joined to "Jandina". On the left engine cowl was "Ina and "Louise".

During June to August 1944, flown by Robbins and he claimed his 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd kills flying this Lightning. On June 16, 1944 (double kill 19th & 20th), August 17, 1944 (21st kill) and November 14, 1944, his final claim (22nd kill) of the war.

The ultimate fate of this aircraft is unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared. Robbin's next aircraft, nicknamed was P-38 "Jandina V".

References
Attack & Conquer page 92, 176 (color photo), 292 (photo)

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September 25, 2018

 

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