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  P-38G Lightning Serial Number ?  
USAAF
13th AF
347th FG
339th FS

Pilot  1st Lt. Wallace L. Dinn, Jr., O-431949 (MIA / KIA) Corpus Christi, TX
MIA  January 5, 1943
MACR  593

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South Pacific and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 347th Fighter Group, 339th Fighter Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On January 5, 1943 took off from Fighter 2 Airfield on Guadalcanal piloted by Dinn. Over Vella Lavella the left engine caught fire and burned. This P-38 dropped out of formation and was never seen again. When this Lightning failed to return, Dinn was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Memorials
Dinn was officially declared dead

References
Previously, Dinn had survived bailing out of P-39 Airacobra over Santa Isabel Island on October 28, 1942 and returned to duty.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Wallace L. Dinn Jr.

The Bell Ringer Vol 3, No. 9 "Birdman of the Solomons" August 1943 page 26-29

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

Tech Info
P-39

MIA
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