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

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USAAF Aug-Nov, 1944

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USAAF circa Nov 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Constructors Number 422-3847. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38J-15-LO Lightning serial number 43-28832. Disassembled and shipped to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) 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.

The nickname "Jandina" was the name of all five of the P-38 Lightnings assigned to pilot Jay T. Robbins and was an abbreviation for his nickname "Jay" and his wife's "Ina", joined to form "Jandina". His five aircraft were: P-38H "Jandina" 42-668??, P-38J "Jandina II" 42-67590, P-38J "Jandina III" 42-103988, P-38 "Jandina IV" 43-28832 and P-38 "Jandina V".

Between June to August 1944 this P-38 was flown by Robbins and he claimed his 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd aerial victory claims 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
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-38J-15-LO Lightning 43-28832
USAF Historical Study No. 85 USAF Credits For The Destruction of Enemy Aircraft, World War II Alphabetical: Robbins Jay T., Alphabetical, by theater of operation (SWP) Robbins, Chronological List, 80th FTR SQ
Attack & Conquer (1995) by John Stanaway pages 92, 176 (color photo), 292 (photo)

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October 23, 2019

 

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