|Pilot 2nd Lt. William
K. Hootman, O-779477 (MIA / KIA) IL
MIA June 26, 1945
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army serial number unknown. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 347th Fighter Group, 68th Fighter Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.
On June 26, 1945 took off on a mission over Balikpapan. Over the target, this P-38 crashed into a ridge between targets areas #15 and #20 according
to mission report.
Postwar, the wreckage was intact on the ridge but it was never investigated.
Hootman was officially declared dead the day of the mission. Memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
Mark Hurley (nephew)
to find his remains to bring home."
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September 25, 2018