|Pilot 2nd Lt. Henry R. Willis, 2027139 (MIA / KIA) GA
MIA July 10, 1945
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.
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.
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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February 4, 2018