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  P-38 Lightning Serial Number ?  
USAAF
5th AF

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Richard Leahy 1957

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army, model and serial number unknown. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
This P-38 force landed in kunai grass between the Markham River and Maralumi Creek roughly a half mile north of Pyramid Hill near Nadzab Airfield.

Wreckage
Until at least 1957 this aircraft remained in situ with the left wing and nacelle intact. During the late 1950s or by the early 1960s, this aircraft was salvaged by scrapper Arthur Scott and smelted at Nadzab. Nearby was another P-38J Lightning crash site that was also scrapped in the same era.

Richard Leahy adds:
"This P-38 (not sure if it was a J or earlier, it had been burnt) was about a mile to the north of the P-38J Lightning. Both these aircraft were salvaged by one Arthur Scott and smelted in the late 1950s."

References
Thanks to Richard Leahy for additional information

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Last Updated
September 25, 2018

 

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