Built by Lockheed. Constructors Number 222-5348. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled in Melbourne on September 2, 1942.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron. Nose number "30" painted in olive drab. During 1943, this Lightning flew combat missions during 1943 operating from 14 Mile Drome near Port Moresby.
On December 5, 1943 took off from 14 Mile Drome near Port Moresby piloted by piloted by Lt Danvers on a local familiarization flight with F-4
piloted by Kross.
During late 1943, nicknamed "Malaria Mabel" used as a squadron hack and paint stripped to natural aluminum finish with red and white tail stripes. Operated from Nadzab Airfield.
On May 9, 1944 condemned in Australia. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped.
Thanks to Robert Rocker for additional information.
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August 27, 2014