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  P-38L-1-LO Lightning Serial Number 44-23957  
USAAF
5th AF
475th FG
432nd FS

Pilot  1st Lt. Perry J. Dahl, O-748923 (survived)
Ditched  November 10, 1944
MACR  10596

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

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 475th Fighter Group, 432nd Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
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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Last Updated
September 25, 2018

 

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