|Pilot Captain Rowland D. Griffiths, O-406780 90th BG, 321st BS (MIA / KIA) Akron, OH
MIA January 27, 1945 at 2:30pm
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38J-15-LO Lightning serial number 43-28834. This
aircraft had a natural aluminum finish. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 59th Service Group. No known noseart or nickname. When lost, V-1710-91-89 serial number 42-94101 and a-045176.
On January 27, 1945 took off from Tacloban Airfield on a local flight and failed to return. Pilot Griffiths was declared Missing In Action (MIA).
Afterwards, Air & Sea Rescue searched but made no signtings.
Griffiths was officially declared dead on January 28, 1946. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
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September 25, 2018