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|Pilot Captain Jim Porter (survived)
Ditched November 4, 1942
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38F Lightning serial number unknown. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
On September 17, 1942 assigned to the 5th Air Force, 35th Fighter Group. In November 1942 assigned to the 17th Pursuit Squadron (Provisional) at Amberley Field until disbanded during late December 1942 or early January 1943.
After landing at Horn Island Airfield to refuel, the formation took off again. After take off, the right engine of this P-38 failed. Unable to release his drop tanks, Porter made a steep turn and ditched into the sea 500 yards off Horn Island (Ngurapai) halfway between King Point Quarry and bottom of Horn Island Airfield no. 1 runway. Porter was unhurt in the ditching.
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