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  P-38G Lightning Serial Number 43-????  
13th AF
347th FG
339th FS

Pilot  2nd Lt. Donald G. White, O-730689 (MIA / KIA) Coldwater, KS
MIA  February 14, 1943 "Saint Valentines Day Massacre"
MACR  583

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army, serial number unknown, 43-????. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South Pacific and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 347th Fighter Group, 339th Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
One of ten P-38s that took off from Fighter 2 (Kukum) on Guadalcanal piloted by 2nd Lt. Donald G. White. The formation included twelve F4U of VMF-124 on an escort mission for nine PB4Y Liberators bombing enemy shipping off southern Bougainville in the Buin-Shortland area.

After the bomb run, the formation was intercepted. Engaged in combat from 10:00 - 13:00 local with A6M Zeros of the 204th Kōkūtai.

This Lightning failed to return, possibly a mid-air collision (with P-38G piloted by Finkenstein) in the vicinity of Shortland.

Due to the severe American losses, this mission became known as the "Saint Valentines Day Massacre".

White was declared dead on December 15, 1945. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

Thanks to Paul Roales for additional information

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Last Updated
September 25, 2018


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