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  F-5E-4-LO Lightning Serial Number 44-24485  
5th AF
6th PRG
26th PRS

Pilot  2nd Lt. Henry R. Willis, 2027139 (MIA / KIA) GA
MIA  July 10, 1945
MACR  14752

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Converted from a model P-38L-1-LO into a F-5E-4-LO photographic reconnaissance version. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, 26th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. When lost engines V-1710-133-111 serial number A-056950 and A-058560. Equipped with cameras: two K-22 12" cone and 6" cone cameras.

Mission History
On July 10, 1945 took off from Lingayen Airfield on a photo recon mission over Kiangan. Last contacted the ground station by radio three minutes after take off. Afterwards, no further transmissions were received.

At 9:15am 309th Air Sea Rescue was notified and at 11:30 an F-5 Lightning search mission reported nil sighting near Kiangan. At 11:45 an Air Sea Rescue searched had nil sighting

Willis was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

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Last Updated
September 25, 2018


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