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, 433rd Fighter Squadron. Assigned to pilot John E. Purdy. Nicknamed "Lizzie V".
On January 9, 1945 this aircraft was written off in the Philippines following a crash landing. Ultimate fate unknown likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.
P-38L Lightning 44-53097 displayed at the Museum of Flight is painted in the markings of this aircraft.
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January 31, 2018