|Pilot 1st Lt. George L. Neater (KIA) Council Bluffs, Iowa
Crashed July 11, 1943
Neater joined the 80th Fighter Squadron during July 1942.
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 5th Air Force, 8th Fighter Group, 80th Fighter Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.
This P-38 was detached to Vivigani Airfield on Goodenough Island.
On July 11, 1943 took off from Vivigani Airfield piloted 1st Lt. George L. Neater. While buzzing the runway, this P-38 accidentally hit a palm tree and truck then crashed, killing the pilot.
Norbert "Norb" Ruff recalls in Ruff Stuff, page 127-128:
"A real nice, quite gentleman and a good officer born in Iowa. Flew a lot of missions in P-39s. As I remember he was flying Griffin's wing while in a two ship formation. Neater broke the rule of always flying like your element leader. They were buzzing the strip and he got a little below Griffin and took a palm tree before hitting a truck."
Neater was officially declared dead the day of the mission. His is buried at Calvary Cemetery in Lincoln, NE.
Ruff Stuff page 127-128
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September 25, 2018