Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF), model and serial number unknown. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned to the 13th Air Force. No known nose art or nickname.
This P-38 took off from Fighter 2 (Kukum
Field) on Guadalcanal on a flight. After take off, suffered an engine fire and ditched into Iron Bottom Sound into shallow water. Possibly, this P-38 ditched during April 1943.
Fate of the Pilot
The pilot survived and was rescued.
This P-38 remained underwater at a depth of 40' / 12m. During 1972, salvaged by Reg Thomas. Afterwards, donated to the Vilu War Museum,
where it is displayed atop 55 gallon drums. The nose section is missing and engine cowls are missing.
Reg Thomas and Ewan Stevenson for additional information.
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January 31, 2018