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  P-38L-5-LO "Eileen-Anne / Kim IV" Serial Number 44-25656 Tail 112
USAAF
5th AF
475th FG
431st FS

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army. This aircraft was unpainted in a natural aluminum finish. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 475th Fighter Group "Satan's Angles", 431st Fighter Squadron during late December 1944. Tail number 112 was painted in red on each tail with red painted on the upper and lower tips of each tail.

Assigned to pilot Captain Fred Champlin who nicknamed it "Eileen-Anne" in honor of his wife, as a replacement aircraft for P-38L "Eileen-Ann" 44-24845 that crashed on January 7, 1945 piloted by Major Thomas McGuire. Champlin added an 'e' to Anne, to differentiate it.

When Captain Champlin rotated back to the United States, this aircraft was assigned to Lt. Hal Gray who renamed it "Kim IV". During February 1945, photographed on the ground at Lingayen Airfield. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

References
McGuire Final Report: Investigation into the final combat mission of Major Thomas B. McGuire, Jr. by David J. Mason page 7

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Last Updated
September 26, 2018

 

Tech Info
P-38

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