Crashed July 20, 1945
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army. This
aircraft had a natural aluminum finish. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 475th Fighter Group, 432nd Fighter Squadron. Nose Number 140 painted in yellow. This aircraft was assigned to pilot Elliot E Summer. Nicknamed "Blood & Guts" this was the forth or fifth aircraft with this nickname assigned to him.
Painted on the nose was the 432nd Fighter Squadron logo of "Uncle Sam" riding a lightning bolt over a four leaf clover. Tail booms had two diagonal yellow stripes. Below the cockpit were ten victory markings denoting Summer's victory claims.
Operated from Lingayen Airfield during the summer of 1945. When Summer left in July 1945, the aircraft was used by other pilots including Dean Dutrack.
On July 20, 1945 took off from Lingayen Airfield on a training flight. This aircraft experienced an electrical failure and crashed. Afterwards, written off as a complete loss. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.
475th Fighter Group - Aircraft Listing 44-25600
Possum, Clover & Hades: 475th Fighter Group in World War II page 117 "Blood & Guts" probably IV or V perhaps used by Dean Dutrack, the commander of the 432nd after Summer left in July 1945
USAF Aerial Victory Credits - Elliot Summer
Thanks to John Stanaway for additional information
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June 29, 2019