|Pilot 1st Lt. Perry J. Dahl, O-748923 (survived)
Ditched November 10, 1944
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 475th Fighter Group, 432nd Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
Took off from San Pablo Airfield on Leyte at 8:15 on a scramble mission. At 9:10am flying at 10,000' the formation was intercepted by twelve Ki-61 Tonys flying eastward in close formation. The P-38s made a first pass from the right rear, claimed an enemy aircraft on this mission. While turning to second pass, this P-38 collided with P-38L 44-23935. Lost over Ormoc Bay off Leyte.
Escape & Rescue
Dahl survived and linked up with Filipino guerillas and recovered with them. Later, he was returned to Allied lines and returned to duty.
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September 25, 2018