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  P-38G-5-LO Lightning Serial Number ?  
USAAF
5th AF
8th FG
80th FS

Pilot  1st Lt. Farley R. Sineath Jr., O-726837 (MIA / KIA) SC
Crashed  July 16, 1943
MACR  none

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

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 8th Fighter Group, 80th Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On July 16, 1943 took off from from 3 Mile Drome (Kila) near Port Moresby on a patrol mission over New Guinea. This aircraft was part of a flight led by Captain J. R. Wilson. Over the target area, Wilson ordered the formation to spread out and make a steep turn to the right in heavy clouds at approximately 30,000' between Bulolo and Lae. Around 2:30pm, Sineath began the turn and was observed to slip underneath, then never rejoined the fomation when it leveled off. Last seen around 2:30pm at the start of the turn. Another source places the loss area as the Wau to Tsili-Tsili area. When ths aircraft failed to return the pilot was listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Memorials
Sineath was officially declared dead on July 17, 1944. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

References
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-38H Lightning piloted by Sineath Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Farley R. Sineath Jr.
FindAGrave - 1Lt Farley R Sineath, Jr (tablets of the missing)
CIL List

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

Tech Info
P-38

MIAMIA
1 Missing

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