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  P-38J "Corky IV" Serial Number ? Squadron Letter L
5th AF
8th FG
80th FS

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May 1944 via Rocker

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38J Lightning serial number unknown. This aircraft had a natural aluminum finish. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South Pacific and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force , 8th Fighter Group, 80th Fighter Squadron "Headhunters". Assigned to Cornelius M. "Corky" Smith who nicknamed it "Corky IV" in green paint. Squadron letter "L" was painted in black on both the nose and tail. with red and white horizontal stripes painted on the tail, with the tip of the tail painted green with a white stripe below. The propellers spinners were painted green.

Previously, Smith was assigned four aircraft that he nicknamed P-38 "Corky", P-38H "Corky Jr." 42-66668, P-38 "Corky III" 42-67580 and this aircraft. He claimed a total of 11 victories. Ultimate fate unknown likely scrapped.

Attack & Conquer page 191 (phoots), 175 (color photo), 291 (photos)

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October 23, 2019


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